'Ironman' LA Tenorio won't mind playing 48 minutes in Game 6 in Mercado absence
The Ginebra Kings mobbed by fans on their way out of the PH Arena floor. Jerome Ascano

BOCAUE – LA Tenorio isn’t called the PBA’s Ironman for nothing.

The Ginebra star playmaker, who holds the record among active players for consecutive games played, continued to prove he’s the model of durability as he stepped up in extended minutes in the Gin Kings’ 85-74 win over Meralco in Game Five of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.

The 33-year-old playmaker, usually averaging in the low-30s in minutes, saw action for 40 minutes and 30 seconds on Sunday night in the absence of injured Sol Mercado.

And Tenorio doesn’t mind continuing to do so in Game Six on Wednesday night when they seek to finish off the Bolts.

“Actually, coach Tim was apologizing to me because of the extended minutes, but I don’t care,” Tenorio insisted after the game. “This is the championship. I’ll just rest after the series.”

“If I have to play for forty-eight minutes, I’m ready,” he added. “I told him, even next game. We don’t have Sol now, so I’m ready to extend my minutes.”

Tenorio seems to be comfortable with the extended minutes as he bounced back from a scoreless game by scoring 17 points, including nine in the first quarter, along with six rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

“We started really aggressive,” Tenorio said. “We have to be aggressive for forty-eight minutes, we cannot be aggressive for three quarters or three-and-a-half quarters. We did it the whole game, so we ended up winning the game.

“I think that’s really the key: when we’re aggressive defensively, offensively, automatic, we’ll be aggressive,” he added. “Hopefully next game, madala namin ‘tong aggressiveness na ‘to. We know na what to do, so we did what we’re supposed to do. Next game, we’ll bring it.

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“But for sure, what we did today is not enough for next game,” he continued. “For sure, they’re going to adjust, so we just have to double our effort if we want to close out the series.”

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