LA Tenorio’s gallant stand in Barangay Ginebra’s 100-92 win over KIA Motors earned him an instant fan in import Michael Dunigan.
Dunigan was all praises for Tenorio after the veteran point guard, discharged from the hospital just a few hours before game time, guided the Kings to their second straight win in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday night.
Tenorio came off the bench to score 11 points and provided several crucial assists in the final five minutes of the fourth period when Ginebra pulled away for good from the tough expansion franchise.
Until Tenorio’s heroics, the Carnival were breathing down the neck of the Kings after holding them to a 70-70 standoff through three quarters.
Dunigan was certainly impressed.
“I’m loving LA. He’s been down for the last couple of days. He was in practice one day lying on the ground sick, but I told him that I feel the same way,” said Dunigan, who likewise came up big for the Kings with 27 points and 11 rebounds.
“I wasn’t expecting him to play today because he wasn’t able to practice, but I commend him and congratulate him for coming out to play today,” he added.
Tenorio had been confined in the hospital the past two days due to stomach flu, but said the extra day of rest gave him the energy to recuperate and be ready for the daunting task ahead.
“Okay na naman ako yesterday pa. Di lang ako nakalabas ng ospital dahil matagal ang proseso and I chose to stay one more night since di rin naman ako naka-practice para sa fluids na nawala sa akin the past few days,” Tenorio said after earning Best Player of the Game honors.
Tenorio played for 30 minutes as he had to tend the Ginebra backcourt that was without Josh Urbiztondo and Jayjay Helterbrand, who were both under the weather.
But the extra minutes hardly deterred the point guard from Ateneo as he also had seven assists and two steals.
Dunigan was impressed even more.
“He showed up, ready to compete. That’s what a point guard does. He leads his team and he led us tonight.”