LA Tenorio kept his hot streak going for Barangay Ginebra this season after an almost flawless game in the Kings’ latest win in the PBA Governors Cup.
Tenorio fired 23 points, including 14 in the second half, as the Kings clobbered Blackwater Elite, 107-95, for their third straight win and a 4-1 record overall to place third in the standings.
The fiery point guard shot 10 of 12 from the field – 8 of 10 from two-point range and 2 of 2 from downtown – and added three rebounds, five assists, and two steals in 32 minutes of play.
The figures, according to him, were not meant to prove he should have been included in the recent All-Star game.
“Hindi naman, nagkataon lang na nagkaroon ako ng opportunity,” said the former Jones Cup MVP. “May kasabihan nga, pana-panahon lang din 'yan.
“Maybe next year, baka all-star ulit ako.”
The second half of the year has been a rather tough one for the veteran point guard out of Ateneo.
Tenorio was one of the two final cuts in the 12-man Gilas roster for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. And then after missing out of the fans’ votes as starter, he also didn’t make the grade among the reserves in what could have been his fifth All-Star stint.
Prior to the All-Star Game, Tenorio was averaging 9.9 points, 4.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.2 steals.
But he doesn’t mind the snub, saying those who played in the last All-Star were definitely deserving.
“Marami na rin kasign talent ang PBA,” he admitted. “Hopefully, for next year’s All-Star, makasama na ulit ako.”
Everything eventually, boils down to winning, according to Tenorio.
“If we’re gonna win this conference, and we’re gonna continue to win until the next conference, I think makakadagdag na naman tayo sa All-Star,” he said.