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Barangay Ginebra has won its last two games this past week and part of that has to do with top playmaker LA Tenorio, who has complemented do-it-all Justin Brownlee early in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign.
Brownlee was the catalyst in Ginebra’s back-to-back wins over GlobalPort and bitter rival Star, but in both games, Tenorio also stood tall, supplying the offense and bringing in his usual steady leadership for the crowd favorites.
No wonder the 32-year-old Tenorio’s heads-up play earned him the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week, beating a host of candidates led by Kings teammate Sol Mercado, TNT’s Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario and Ranidel de Ocampo, San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo, Meralco guard Baser Amer and Blackwater’s Mike DiGregorio.
Against the Batang Pier, Tenorio came up with an all-around effort of 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals as Ginebra completed its comeback from a 19-point deficit by posting a runaway 113-96 win last Wednesday.
The former Ateneo standout, then reprised his role as Brownlee’s chief backup, firing a personal conference-best 21 points, including eight in the final quarter as Ginebra reasserted its mastery over Star, 113-98, during the PBA’s 42nd anniversary on Sundayat the Mall of Asia Arena.
Tenorio is currently averaging a career-best 16.3 points, to go along with 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in the Kings’ first three games this conference.Ginebra now goes on a nine-day break and will return to action on April 19 against the winless NLEX Road Warriors at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Ginebra now goes on a nine-day break and will return to action on April 19 against the winless NLEX Road Warriors at the Cuneta Astrodome.