MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra's LA Tenorio will seek redemption when he plays against his former team Alaska in the PBA Commissioner's Cup finals.
"I must admit I'm extra motivated in this series," Tenorio, who was released by Alaska to Ginebra last August, told The Philippine Star's Nelson Beltran.
The 5'8" guard had the biggest surprise of his career when the Aces team management shipped him to the Gin Kings shortly after towing Gilas Pilipinas to the Jones Cup championship.
Alaska allegedly decided to release Tenorio after the latter violated their directive not to join Gilas in the Jones Cup tilt.
But Tenorio admitted they anticipate a tough series against the Aces.
“The problem is that I’ve never had a single good game against Alaska. They’re a tough matchup for us especially in this conference,” said the 28-year-old playmaker.
Tenorio said among their concerns are the Rob Dozier-Sonny Thoss tandem.
The 6’7” Thoss has been instrumental in Dozier’s success against rival imports.
Tenorio, however, doesn’t see Calvin “The Beast” Abueva as a problem for Ginebra.
He said they have players who can guard Alaska’s catalyst.
“We have players who can match up with him. Rudy Hatfield and Mac Baracael are there,” said Tenorio.
The Aces eliminated defending champions San Mig Coffee Mixers in the semifinals to secure the first ticket to the PBA finals.
The Gin Kings, on the other hand, booted out Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters in the other semis duel.