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    LA and Ginebra test Global Port mettle in PBA opener

    Sep 13, 2012
    LA Tenorio, left, will be tested by the double-barreled backcourt combo of Gary David and Willie Miller in the lone game ushering the PBA season on September 30. Jerome Ascano

    LA Tenorio will be up against the reigning scoring champion and a former two-time MVP when he officially makes his Ginebra San Miguel debut on September 30.

    Tenorio and the Kings get the distinction of taking first crack at Global Port Batang Pier when the two teams collide in the lone opening game of the Philippine Cup ushering the PBA's 38th season.

    The league officially released the schedule of games for the season-opening tournament on Thursday.

    The Batang Pier, the franchise that took over the Powerade team, are bannered by the explosive backcourt duo of Willie Miller and Gary David.

    The two are expected to give Tenorio a tough time as he suits up in a Ginebra uniform for the first time since the Kings landed him in the biggest deal of the offseason.

    Tenorio however, will not be without help as the former Alaska star will be having two MVPs as partners in the Ginebra backcourt in JayJay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa.

    Tenorio’s Ginebra debut and the Batang Pier’s first official ball game are just two of the interesting sub-plots in the 6 p.m. match at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The game will also see the pro coaching debut of former PBA defensive specialist Glenn Capacio, and the unveiling of rookies Vic Manuel for Global and Fil-Ams Chris Ellis and Keith Jensen for Ginebra.

    Three days later on October 3 also at the Big Dome, the highly-charged Petron Blaze Boosters meet reigning Governors Cup champion Rain or Shine in the 7:30 p.m. main game, preceded by the Air21-Barako Bull encounter in the 5 p.m. curtain raiser.

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    The four remaining teams make their respective debuts on Friday to cap the first week of the new season. Defending champion Talk `N Text squares off with sister team Meralco in the first match, before Tim Cone's San Mig Coffee battles his former team Alaska in the second game.

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    LA Tenorio, left, will be tested by the double-barreled backcourt combo of Gary David and Willie Miller in the lone game ushering the PBA season on September 30. Jerome Ascano
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