LA Tenorio inflicted the biggest damage on Barako Bull in their game against Ginebra on Tuesday. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra overpowered Barako Bull, 98-70, at the Mall of Asia Arena on Tuesday to gain a share of the lead in the PBA Governors' Cup.
LA Tenorio scored 22 points to go with his 5 assists to help the Gin Kings bounce back from their 90-102 loss to sister team San Mig Coffee.
It was neck-and-neck game in the first two quarters, with the Energy Cola holding the Gin Kings, 33-all, at the end of the first half.
But Tenorio orchestrated a vicious 22-0 run for Ginebra in the second half, which had Barako Bull reeling 51-80.
“Yung system namin offers equal opportunity to everyone offensively. Last game, si Mark [Caguioa] ang nagdala, before that si Greg [Slaughter] and Zach Mason. Nagkataon lang na ako naman ngayon,” said Tenorio in the league's official website.
Ginebra coach Jeffrey Cariaso said that it was their defense that kept them afloat in the first and second quarters.
“The best thing about tonight was that we showed character. We struggled in the first half but we hung in there through our defense. Sa second half, sumabay na ang opensa namin,” said Cariaso.
Their offense indeed clicked as they barely gave the Energy Cola breathing room from a 29-point deficit. The Gin Kings finished the game with a 28-point lead.
Zaccheus Mason had 16 points for Ginebra, which also drew 11 from Greg Slaughter.
The Gin Kings successfully held Eric Wise to just 16 points, while Mick Pennisi was the only Energy Cola who scored a double-digit output with 10.
Ginebra improved to 4-1 for a 3-way tie at the top with San Mig Coffee and Talk ‘N Text. Barako Bull is at the bottom of the standings with a 1-5 card.
Barangay Ginebra 98 – Tenorio 22, Mason 16, Slaughter 11, Aguilar 10, Ellis 9, Helterbrand 9, Baracael 6, Reyes 5, Ababou 3, Mamaril 3, Knuttel 2, Faundo 2, Monfort 0, Urbiztondo 0, Caguioa 0.
Barako 70 – Wise 16, Pennisi 10, Thiele 8, Najorda 7, Jensen 6, Fortuna 5, Buenafe 5, Lastimosa 3, Miller 3, Miranda 3, Marcelo 2, Intal 2, Deutchman 0.
Quarterscores: 14-18, 33-33, 68-51, 98-70