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    After Magsanoc, LA Tenorio targets James Yap next in three-point list

    Not bad for someone who doesn't really see himself as a three-point shooter
    Dec 7, 2022
    LA Tenorio Ginebra vs NorthPort
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    IT was a career milestone that LA Tenorio didn't expect to reach.

    On Wednesday night, the Barangay Ginebra team captain moved up to No. 4 in the PBA’s all-time career three-point scoring leaders following the Kings’ 118-102 win over NorthPort in Game 1 of their Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals series at the Philsports Arena.

    Tenorio went 4-of-6 from three-point range on the way to finishing with 12 points in the victory that moved the Kings on the cusp of earning a semifinals berth.

    READ: Ginebra all-business in Game One win over NorthPort]

    The four triples of the 38-year-old guard enabled him to surpass the legendary gunner Ronnie Magsanoc in the all-time list as he now has a total of 1,174 treys to the 1,171 of the former player known as the ‘Point Laureate.’

    “I’m blessed and fortunate to be a part of it. I was really surprised kasi hindi naman ako talaga three-point shooter, di ba,” said the league’s acknowledged Iron Man.

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    “If it was assists milestone or steals, I will understand. Pero three-point shot? Andun yung Jimmy Alapag, andun yung Allan Caidic, James Yap. Nandun yung Ronnie Magsanoc. Tapos down the line there’s Dondon (Hontiveros), there’s Marcio (Lassiter). Meron pang Arwind Santos diyan, na really three-point shooter. So thankful lang ako na meron akong milestone na ganyan.”

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      Tenorio is actually within striking distance of Yap, the two-time MVP who is currently at third with 1,178, needing only five triples to surpass the currently inactive Rain or Shine shooter.

      The Barangay Ginebra leader honestly said he’s definitely going after ‘Big Game’ James’ record.

      “Yes, sayang naman andun na, e,” said Tenorio. “It’s a big thing, sobra, to surpass a legend and really a three-point shooter like James Yap.”

      But Tenorio won't look for shots just to break the record as he’d rather let the game come to him.

      “Hindi ko naman siya pipiliting kunin. I’m still going to play the way I have to play for the team especially this playoffs. Hindi ko naman pipilitin na mag three points ng mag three points. Andiyan lang naman yan, darating at darating yan kung talagang ibibigay,” Tenorio added.

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      Definitely though, it’s a personal feat which Tenorio said he’ll definitely cherish.

      “Malaking bagay yun for my career kasi yun lang naman ang mga legacy na iiwan natin, yung mga ganyan na milestone,” said the Ginebra stalwart.

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