PBA: 'Greedy' Tenorio eyes All-Filipino title

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 22 2020 09:45 PM | Updated as of Jan 22 2020 10:14 PM

Rocksteddy vocalist Teddy Corpuz and L.A. Tenorio during Barangay Ginebra's victory party. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

Philippines – LA Tenorio could only count his blessings after Barangay Ginebra kicked off the year by winning the PBA Governors' Cup. 

The Gin Kings outdueled the Meralco Bolts in five games to secure the Governors' Cup crown for the third time in four years. Tenorio, their veteran point guard, put up 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists in their 105-93 triumph in Game 5 to wrap up the series.

It was Tenorio's fifth title in his PBA career, and fourth since joining Ginebra in 2012.

"Panglima ko na ba 'to?" Tenorio said on Monday, before the Gin Kings celebrated their triumph with their fans. "Wow! Parang ang dami 'eh, no?"

For Tenorio, the Governors' Cup title was just the latest blessing in a stretch that already saw him win a gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games as part of Gilas Pilipinas.

"Start of the year, sobrang blessing 'to para sa akin," said Tenorio. "'Di ba, we ended the year na winning the gold medal ng SEA Games. And then, this time, starting the year with a championship sa Ginebra."

"What more can I ask for, 'di ba?" he added.

There is, however, at least one thing that Tenorio wants – the one championship that has evaded him in his glittering PBA career.

"Magiging greedy ako minsan," the veteran guard said. "So, I want an All-Filipino championship."

"Minsan lang maging greedy," Tenorio said.

Tenorio won the 2010 Fiesta Conference with Alaska, for which he was crowned Finals MVP. With Ginebra, he has won the Governors' Cup in 2016, 2017, and 2019, and the Commissioner's Cup in 2019.

The All-Filipino title, however, has been the sole province of San Miguel Beer for the last five seasons.

Tenorio is determined to change this, so much so that he approached Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone shortly after their triumph in the Governors' Cup to express his goal.

"Oo, nilapitan ko siya," said Tenorio. "Sabi ko, 'Coach, I want an All-Filipino championship, kasi 'yun talaga 'yung wala ako eh."

"'Yung limang championship, lahat 'yun may import eh. Iba rin talaga 'pag All-Filipino championship. 'Yun 'yung pangarap namin, especially lahat ng mga PBA players, kasi 'yun talaga ang pinaka-prestige eh," he added.

"Of course, a championship is a championship 'di ba, but again, iba 'pag All-Filipino."

Tenorio acknowledged that prying the All-Filipino title from San Miguel won't be an easy task, but he believes that they have a strong chance in the upcoming season.

"Ito 'yung chance ko, kasi ito 'yung parating eh," he said. "This is our chance, so hopefully, makuha namin. It's not gonna be easy, pero nandiyan 'yun. So kailangan lang ulit namin kunin."

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