LA Tenorio’s 32-point explosion on Friday night easily exorcised the ghost of his past against his former team Alaska.
The Ginebra sentinel admitted most of his bad games happened whenever the Kings go up against the Aces.
“Going to the game, I just play defense and I want to be aggressive offensively kasi gusto ko makita kung ano gagawin nila sa akin,” Tenorio said, moments after Ginebra knocked Alaska out with a 109-104 victory to advance to the PBA Governors Cup semifinals.
“Lagi kasi ako nahihirapan kapag Alaska eh. Siguro dahil kilala na nila ako.”
PBA head statistician Fidel Mangonon said Ginebra’s quarterfinal win over Alaska in the playoff was the first in over four years.
And so far, the 32-year-old Tenorio’s aggressive plays paid dividends as the Kings took a 53-41 halftime lead after pumping 21 points.
From there, Tenorio poured nine more points in the third canto, added two more in the payoff quarter, before letting import Justin Brownlee take over when the Aces made their last-ditch rally.
“Talagang parang kontra pelo lang kami with Alaska kasi going to this game, wala naman akong doubt, pero iniisip na namin talagang mahirap itong gagawin namin,” said Tenorio, who fell two points shy of tying his PBA career-high 34 points, which he recorded on Aug. 24, 2013 in a 98-85 win over Meralco in the PBA Governors Cup.
“To be honest, when I looked at the score, nagulat ako na we’re up by 26 points. Akala ko 11 or 10 lang. Ganyan kasi ang Alaska,” he said.
“They play the same way, down sila or up sila and in the end, di sila bumigay, pero big shot lang talaga by Justin,” added Tenorio, referring to Brownlee’s tough three-point shot that kissed off the glass late in the game.
Tenorio said they will savor this win, but will have to quickly go back to work as the Kings prepare for what he expects to be a tougher match up in defending champion San Miguel Beer. – Richard Dy
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