CLARK — LA Tenorio is not leaving any stone unturned as he continues to seek a first-ever all-FIlipino championship in the Philippine Basketball Association.
Currently battling against TNT Tropang Giga in the Game 1 of their best-of-seven finals series at press time, the Barangay Ginebra playmaker bared that aiming for his first-ever Philippine Cup trophy serves as his main drive in leading the Kings for this historic championship inside the quarantine bubble.
But despite his eagerness to win the elusive title, the 36-year old playmaker-shooter insists he has to remain cool, calm and collected to avoid getting burned.
“Basically that’s the motivation, but I don’t wanna dwell on that too much. There is a danger that I might get too excited for it,” said Tenorio, who has already clinched five championship titles in his 13 seasons in the league.
Despite making it to the Philippine Cup finals in 2017, Tenorio and the Kings failed to put up a show as they were quickly foiled by then-defending champions San Miguel Beermen in just five games.
And now, the veteran guard is raring to keep everything in check in this highly-anticipated warfare against Tropang Giga.
Coming off a shaky start as he underwent a laparoscopic surgery just a week before the conference started, Tenorio is now in a much better shape as he improved to 12.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in their hard-fought semifinals campaign against Meralco.
“(But) I am very much ready, our semis against Meralco made me ready to play harder and go down the stretch.”
More than his personal motivation, the former national team standout bared that the bigger inspiration for him and the entire squad is to end their all-Filipino championship drought, where Barangay Ginebra last won in 2007.
And with most teams now getting stronger and stronger as seasons pass, Tenorio is now determined to go all out.
“I really want to get this championship, not just for me, but for the organization as well. The last time the team won it was 13 years ago,” he added.
“At the back of my mind, this might probably be my only chance, we’ll never know when it will be my next time to play for all-Filipino championship. Ian Suyu