IF there's one player who wanted to win Wednesday's match more than anyone, it was LA Tenorio.
Tenorio didn't want the best-of-seven finale between Ginebra and Meralco to go to a rubber match on Friday as he and his wife Chesca are expecting their baby boy to come out on Thursday.
So the diminutive point guard pretty much did everything on Wednesday to help the Gin Kings hammer out a rousing 91-88 win and capture the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup champioship.
"Nasa isip ko lang talaga I don't want to play Game Seven kasi yung baby ko na lalabas bukas eh," he told a number of reporters after helping his team end an eight-year drought.
"Kung magkaroon ng Game Seven iisipin ko pa yun (na) my wife is in the hospital, my baby is in the hospital. 'Yun talaga yung motivation sa akin. Ginawa ko best ko for us to win."
With a 25-point outburst, inCluding 21 in the last 24 minutes of the game, Tenorio was named Finals MVP of the series that saw also saw classic performances from Ginebra stars Mark Caguiaoa and Jayjay Helterbrand and, of course, the game-winner from Justin Brownlee.
But he also attributed his sterling performance to his teammates, coaches, and the fans who showed up even though there was an approaching typhoon.
"Itong game na to naging outstanding laro ko dahil na-shoot mga tira ko e, with the help of my teammates na rin. Hinahanap talaga nila ko," he said.
"Actually tapos na sana tong series na to kundi dahil sa kanila," he said of the fans. "They really inspired us after that game. Yun yung nagbigay ng momentum samin sa series."
Tenorio is now hoping this victory could be a springboard to more championships for the franchise, which has nine overall.
"Now that we got one championship with Ginebra, naramdaman na namin feeling pumunta ng championship, hopefully this will be the first sa dynasty na bubuohin namin sa Ginebra," he said.