BARANGAY Ginebra has won its last two games in the PBA Commissioner's Cup and part of that has to do with top playmaker LA Tenorio's heads-up play.
The veteran guard proved the perfect complement to returning import Justin Brownlee in back-to-back victories over GlobalPort and arch-rival Star that staked Ginebra's claim for the title.
The 32-year-old Tenorio’s heads-up play earned him the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week honor, beating a host of candidates led by Kings teammate Sol Mercado, TNT’s Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario and Ranidel de Ocampo, San Migue’s June Mar Fajardo, Meralco guard Baser Amer and Blackwater’s Mike DiGregorio.
Against the Batang Pier, Tenorio came up with an all-around effort of 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals as Ginebra completed its comeback from a 19-point deficit on the way to a 113-96 win last Wednesday.
The former Ateneo standout then reprised his role as Brownlee’s chief backup, firing a personal conference-best 21 points, including eight in the final canto as Ginebra reasserted its mastery of Star, 113-98, during the PBA’s 42nd anniversary on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Tenorio has averaged a career-best 16.33 points, to go along with 3.67 rebounds and 3.33 assists in the Kings’ first three games this conference.