FOR someone who used to back up Jimmy Alapag at Gilas Pilipinas, it no longer come as a surprise for LA Tenorio to see the deadly veteran point guard becoming the PBA’s new all-time three-point king on Sunday.
Tenorio was on the same court when Alapag drained one from downtown – his only points for the night – to surpass the legendary Allan Caidic as the player with the most number of three-pointers made at 1,243 during Game Two of the Governors Cup finals between Meralco and Barangay Ginebra at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Having seen Alapag at work during their time together with the national team from 2012-14, Tenorio said he knew the 38-year-old Fil-Am would one day break the record Caidic has held since 1999.
“I know Jimmy for the longest time, and alam kong hindi niya iniisip yun, pero it’s a big accomplishment for him,” said the Gineba playmaker, who was among those who congratulated Alapag at centercourt when he was given the game ball symbolic of his all-time record.
‘I’m very happy and very honored to be one of his teammates before, na nakuha niya yung record.”
The way the former league MVP has been going for the Bolts, the 32-year-old product of Ateneo believes a few more league records are bound to fall before Alapag in through.
He said from someone who just came out of retirement, made the finals as the season is about to end, and then break Caidic's long-standing record, Alapag certainly deserves an encore, according to Tenorio.
“I’m sure magtutuluy-tuloy pa yan. Di ko nga alam kung ano pa yung buburahin niya,” said Tenorio. “I’m looking forward kung ano pa yung buburahin niya.”
But as the saying said, you can’t have your cake and eat it too.
Tenorio and Co. spoiled Alapag’s special night as the Kings eked out an 82-79 win against the Bolts to level the best-of-seven finals at 1-1.
“Siyempre, kailangan e,” he said laughing.