Tenorio played 40 minutes with a hurt elbow in Game 5 win: ‘This is the championship’

BOCAUE, Philippines - LA Tenorio lived up to his “Ironman” moniker by playing through a bummed elbow in more than 40 minutes of play as Barangay Ginebra outclassed the Meralco Bolts in Game 5 of the Governors’ Cup finals. 

After going scoreless in Ginebra’s Game 4 loss despite playing for more than 31 minutes, Tenorio made the most out of his minutes this time as he racked up 17 points, rebounds assists, 4 assists and 3 steals, wowing the Philippine Arena crowd of 36,445 in the 85-74 win on Sunday, October 22.

“The General,” who averaged just around 33 minutes in the last 4 games, played more than his usual number of minutes that Ginebra coach Tim Cone apologized to him.

“Actually, coach Tim is apologizing to me because for the extended minutes,” said Tenorio. 

But the veteran playmaker said he did not mind the extended playing time, especially since the Gin Kings lost Sol Mercado to an ankle sprain late in Game 4.  

“This is the championship, I’ll just rest after the series. If I have to play for 48 minutes, I told him, I’m ready. Even in the next game.”

Ginebra is only a win away from defending their title and Tenorio wants his teammates to keep the aggressiveness that won them Game 5.

“We have to be aggressive for 48 minutes. We can’t be aggressive for 3 quarters or 3 and a half quarters.  We did it the whole game, we ended up winning the game. I think that’s really the key.” 

“When we’re aggressive defensively, offensively automatically we’ll be offensive,” added Tenorio.

Ginebra will try to end the series in Game 6 on Wednesday, October 25, at the same venue. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.