LA Tenorio doesn't mind playing behind Eman Monfort as long as Ginebra sustains success under new setup
LA Tenorio doesn't mind coming off the bench for fellow Ateneo alumnus Eman Monfort. Jerome Ascano

BARANGAY Ginebra star LA Tenorio doesn’t mind if he continues to come off the bench behind Eman Monfort as long as the Kings sustain their success under the current team setup in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

The veteran point guard has been relegated as a substitute the last three games, where the Kings have gone 2-1 (win-loss).

Being a starter has also brought out the best in Monfort, who played his best game in a Ginebra uniform last Sunday when he registered all-around numbers of nine points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals, and zero turnover in 31 minutes of play in a 96-87 win over Purefoods.

And Tenorio could not be happier with the scenario.

“Sa akin naman wala namang problema ‘yun as long as Eman is playing well,” the nine-year league veteran said. “Walang kaso sa akin ‘yun.”

After all, Tenorio still wound up averaging 34 minutes of play in the last three games even if he’s coming off the bench.

And the 30-year-old playmaker finishes the game alongside his fellow Ateneo alumnus.

“Actually ‘yun yung gusto namin: to play na magkasabay kami ni Eman,” Tenorio said. “Medyo nagkakaintindihan kami ni Eman, alam namin kung ano ang ginagawa namin inside the court, so hopefully mag-build kami from there.”

Kings coach Ato Agustin explained his decision to start Monfort.

“Para pag pasok ni LA, fresh siya,” Agustin told “Magandang i-off the bench si LA ngayon. Anyway, siya naman ang nagtatapos ng game kaya ‘di siya napapagod pag dating (ng dulo).”

As always, the 27-year-old Monfort has always been prepared whatever happens.

“Depende yung kung kailangan ako ni coach (mag-start). I’m just ready anytime. It’s about being ready and grabbing the opportunity.”

Whether the arrangement keeps bearing fruit or not will be known as the Kings face Blackwater on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

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