Shifting from being a scorer to more of a defender this conference is one huge sacrifice LA Tenorio is willing to take, if only this will ensure Barangay Ginebra’s long-term success in the PBA.
If you followed Tenorio’s basketball career from his high school playing days in San Beda, on to college with the Ateneo Blue Eagles, followed by his PBA stints with San Miguel Beer and Alaska, the 5’8” guard has always been a scorer noted for his step-back three-pointers.
But upon his arrival at the Gin Kings camp, Tenorio is well aware that his new team this season is loaded with scorers – from Mark Caguioa, to Kerby Raymundo, Jayjay Helterbrand and even rookie high-flyer Chris Ellis.
“I don’t even have to be offensive-minded. Too much na kung i-iskor pa ako eh ang dami nang scorers ng team,” Tenorio said after helping the team book its first win after four failed starts in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Feb. 27.
The former Ateneo star finished with 10 points, five rebounds, six assists, and three steals against the Energy Cola, but he made a bigger impact on defense during a red-hot Ginebra start that set the tone for the rout and sent thousands of Kings fans in the stands happy.
Tenorio’s sacrificial approach this conference, he said has something to do with his desire to contribute to the big picture, which is to help Barangay Ginebra end its five-year PBA title drought.
“Some people are just looking for me to score, pero kung scoring lang naman tapos talo din…I’m not here to just score, but I’m willing to sacrifice for the good of the team,” explained Tenorio.
Sacrificing for the good of the team is rare these days.
But it’s worth the try. For when you start doing it, you’ll see a positive domino effect in your home, in your office, in your business, in your community, or even in our nation.