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LA Tenorio admits hitting Terrence Jones, but says he didn't start it
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LA Tenorio admits hitting Terrence Jones, but says he didn't start it

MANILA, Philippines, June 13 ------ LA Tenorio said he was hit first by Terrence Jones before he retaliated in Barangay Ginebra's 96-104 loss to TNT in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup on Wednesday, June 12. The Gin Kings guard was caught on camera hitting the KaTropa import in the stomach midway through the 3rd quarter until Jones responded by grabbing Tenorio in the shoulders that earned him a flagrant foul penalty 1. "I'm going to admit 'yung ginawa ko pero sana tignan muna nila kung anong ginawa kasi hindi ko naman gagawin 'yun kung hindi niya ginawa sa akin eh," said Tenorio, urging the PBA to review the game tapes. "Ang ganda ganda ng laro eh. Nagulat lang ako kasi one time, parang ewan ko, parang pababa ako sa transition biglang sinikmuraan din niya ako eh. I don't know if you see that. It was during the 3rd quarter." "I was like, 'Bakit ginanoon niya?' And I told some of his teammates kung anong ginawa niya sa akin. So 'yun, kung anong ma-review ng PBA, I'm willing to parang say my piece also."

"Kung ano man ang nakita nila, okay. Pero tignan rin nila 'yung kabila. 'Di ko naman gagawin 'yun eh. Ganda ganda ng nilalaro namin eh. Ganda ganda ng nilalaro ng lahat eh, 'di ba?" Replays revealed Tenorio fell to the floor in pain when he collided with Jones at the 8:22 mark of the 3rd quarter. No foul was called. Tenorio felt the hit might have stemmed from frustration as Jones, who has already put up 3 40-point games, was limited to just 4 points at that time. "Nafa-frustrate siya kasi he's not getting his usual game. Nagulat lang ako ginawa niya. Then nagalit siya sa akin noong ginawa ko sa kaniya 'yun. So ganoon lang 'yun 'di ba?" said Tenorio, who had 18 points and 7 assists. "I'm willing to take full responsibility pero sana tignan din nila kung ano 'yung ginawa niya sa akin bago ko gawin 'yun. 'Di ko naman gagawin nang basta basta 'yun eh."

"Kaya kong gawin noong 1st quarter, 2nd quarter, pero 'di ko naman ginagawa kasi naglalaro lang naman ako eh. I'm focused on winning the game. 'Yun lang naman ang focus ko tapos gagawin niya 'yun." Jones said he just "wanted to be aggressive" following the unsportsmanlike foul. "I felt, you know, he kind of punched me in the stomach beforehand and they didn't call it, so I just wanted to, you know, let my guys know that, you know, they're not going to try to do anything dirty," Jone said. After sitting on the bench for 3 minutes, Jones returned with aplomb as helped TNT complete the come-from-behind win and finished with a triple-double of 17 points, 16 assists, 14 rebounds, and 6 blocks. "We're just going to continue on winning, I mean. We kept playing and we didn't bother none of us and we were just, you know, worried about getting this win."

Source: rappler.com/sports