MANILA – Barangay Ginebra’s LA Tenorio is confident their import Leon Rodgers will help them rebound from their 96-112 loss to sister team San Miguel Beer when they return to action in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday.
The former Jilin Northeast Tiger scored 33 points against the Beermen last Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to save the Gin Kings from its first defeat in the import-laden conference.
Rodgers scored 31 points when they beat Barako Bull, 108-104, last week. But he managed to nail only 2 of his 10 attempts from the 3-point area.
Tenorio, however, said the 6’7” player is still adjusting to local conditions.
“Medyo nangangapa pa siya kasi he’s the type of player who needs to get his rhythm,” Tenorio said in an interview with Spin.ph’s Richard Dy.
Tenorio said their import showed promise during their latest practice for their upcoming rematch with San Mig Coffee, a team they fought in the Philippine Cup semifinals.
“Maganda na pinapakita niya sa practice at scrimmage. Saka he’s a player na kapag nakuha na niya yung rhythm niya, he’ll be hard to stop,” he said.
The Gin Kings will go up against the Mixers on Sunday at 5:15 p.m.
In a separate Spin.ph interview, San Mig Coffee’s Marc Pingris said the one-week break after their Philippine Cup title win helped them recharge.
He also said it will be a different battle in the Commissioner’s Cup where imports are involved.
“Nakapagpahinga na naman kami ng one week. So iba na 'yung laro ngayon eh, hindi na all-Filipino, may import na malalakas din,” he said.