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    Headband a necessity but hardly a distraction as LA Tenorio flashes old form

    Apr 9, 2017

    WEARING a headband hardly affected LA Tenorio’s performance as he delivered as usual for Ginebra in its 113-98 victory over Star in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday night.

    The Gin Kings star playmaker was forced to wear a black headband to cover the cut on his left eyebrow he sustained in a clash of heads with GlobalPort’s Rico Maierhofer in their game last Wednesday.

    “Pantakip lang talaga yun dito (sa sugat), baka kasi tamaan eh,” Tenorio explained. “Hindi ko na pinatahi eh. I just made sure lang na hindi na ulit tamaan kasi pag tinamaan ulit, malamang mukhang every game na ako maghe-headband.”

    “Actually pinahiram sa akin ni Chris Ellis yun. White talaga yung nabili ko, pero pinahiram sa ’kin ni Chris, so thankful ako kay Chris,” he added with a chuckle.

    The headgear hardly covered up his game as Tenorio still flaunted his offensive prowess by tallying 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting, along with two assists, one rebound, and one steal against three turnovers in 34 minutes.

    [See Justin Brownlee stands tallest as Ginebra deals Star first loss]

    The veteran point guard scored eight points in the fourth period where he conspired with Justin Brownlee and Sol Mercado in leading the Gin Kings' breakaway.

    “Siguro…talagang nafe-feel na namin yung rhythm, especially the latter part of the game, and especially Justin,” Tenorio said. “Once na on a roll si Justin, we really have to give him the ball. He doesn’t dominate the game by just scoring, but yung presence niya sa loob – he can pass, he can defend, so yun yung maganda kay Justin.”

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    “Nakita rin namin mismatches and we also took advantage of foul trouble ng Purefoods,” he added as the Gin Kings prevailed in what he feels was a statement win.

    “Ito yung barometer namin na talagang kaya namin mag-compete with the teams that have bigger imports, so we took the challenge and good thing, we responded dun sa challenge na yun,” Tenorio said. “I think it’s a good momentum win game for us, especially going into a long break.”

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