MOST won’t admit it, but LA Tenorio is part of the exception in terms of being motivated by vengeance against an opponent for a previous encounter.
The Barangay Ginebra star admitted that payback is going to be his prime motivation against San Miguel Beer in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.
After all, the Beermen beat the Gin Kings, 4-1, in their best-of-the seven series in the finals of the last edition of the all-Filipino conference to win a third-straight PH Cup title to take home the Perpetual Trophy.
“Oo naman (motivated by payback),” Tenorio said after their 99-91 win over Rain or Shine on Wednesday night. “Kasi kaya naman namin last (season) talaga eh, even though wala si Greg (Slaughter) last time. Kaya naman namin eh.”
“Kaya lang we came from number seven all the way to the finals, so parang naubusan narin kami noon, to be honest,” he added, recalling that the Gin Kings had to overcome twice-to-beat Alaska in the quarterfinals before taking the Star Hotshots to the distance in their best-of-seven semifinals.
That time, the Gin Kings had no Slaughter due to a knee injury, and they could still be without the 7-foot slotman – but only at least for the early part of their rematch, this time in the Final Four.
“I think we have enough talent also, enough people also to contain June Mar and their shooters and their bigs, and also, their guards. We’ll see,” Tenorio said. “It’s gonna be tough for us, definitely. But again, we will fight and we will see anong pwede naming gawin.”
“Siguro meron kaming blueprint kung paano namin sila uli talunin, ‘di ba?” he added. “Magadna sana kung maglalaro si Greg eh but it’s not yet sure. So we have to really be focused on the gameplan especially against June Mar. Really June Mar is playing [on] a different level now. ‘Di namin alam pano ba namin ico-contain si June Mar, so hopefully magawan namin ng paraan.”