LA Tenorio played down his offensive resurgence for Barangay Ginebra on Sunday night, insisting he was still more focused on involving his teammates in Game Six of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series against Star.
After averaging just 7.2 points in the first five games where he adjusted to being a decoy, the Gin Kings star playmaker took a more aggressive approach as he finished with 19 points on 17 shots to reach double-digit scoring for the first time this series.
“Bonus na lang yung points sa ’kin talaga sa series na 'to,” Tenorio insisted after the Gin Kings rolled to a 91-67 win. “Ang importante talaga is ma-involve ko lahat ng teammates ko, and I think we had a good, balanced scoring, especially with the bench players. Yun ang importante, not the starters.”
“Well, importante yung sa starters but [yung production] coming off bench talaga yung importante,” he added. “It's not about me, it's not about Japeth. It's about the team talaga eh.”
“Tonight, naka nineteen ako. It's a bonus. Maganda tignan, pero titignan as a whole, balanced scoring. Yun ang importante, continued Tenorio, who was one of five Gin Kings who scored in twin digits.
The 5-foot-8 court general completed his 40-minute night with six boards, five assists, and two steals.
And he doesn’t mind if his offensive resurgence was a one-hit wonder as long as the Gin Kings prevail in the deciding game.
“Pagdating ng Game Seven, it's about the individual effort. Iisipin ko yung sarili ko dahil hindi maganda nilalaro ko this series? ‘Di ko dapat isipin yun, dapat yung buong team,” Tenorio said. “Umiskor man ako o hindi, as long as we win the game, and my teammates are involved.”
And after the Gin Kings managed to survive with their backs against the wall in Game Six, Tenorio is hoping they can thrive again in the same situation in the deciding game.
“Every game for us is a do-or-die game,” Tenorio said. “We survived the first do-or-die, so sa Tuesday, hopefully, ma-survive namin ulit. Nagawa namin against Alaska, hopefully magawa uli against Star.”