Call LA Tenorio Mr. Endurance if you will

Mark Escarlote on Mar 03, 2018 07:11 AM
Call LA Tenorio Mr. Endurance if you will
Hindi ko rin alam kung paano ako tumagal. To be honest I wasn’t ready for that kind of minutes. I knew that I’m gonna play longer minutes, for 48 minutes but 56 minutes di ko yun expected -- Barangay Ginebra guard LA Tenorio.

From ‘Ironman’, Tenorio can now add Mr. Endurance to his name.

The Barangay Ginebra guard logged in a lung-busting 56 minutes and 52 seconds playing time in the Gin Kings triple overtime 100-92 win over Rain or Shine Friday night in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at the Big Dome.

“Hindi ko rin alam kung paano ako tumagal. To be honest I wasn’t ready for that kind of minutes. I knew that I’m gonna play longer minutes, for 48 minutes but 56 minutes di ko yun expected,” said Tenorio, who was dragging his legs as he walked slowly out of Ginebra’s dugout obviously exhausted after the two-hour, 55-minute duel.

Tenorio’s minutes was the fourth longest single game total among locals behind Kerby Raymundo’s 61 minutes he registered back in October 25, 2006 when he led Purefoods to victory over Talk ‘N Text, Jun Limpot’s 60 in Sta. Lucia’s 135-129 3OT win in Nov. 9, 1993 and Robert Jaworski’s 58.

In franchise history, Tenorio’s playing time also landed at fourth all-time after legendary imports Michael Hackett, Billy Ray Bates and Jaworski all played 58 minutes in Ginebra's double overtime win over Manila Beer in Game 4 of the 1986 PBA Open Conference Finals.

He was surprised when told of his feat.

“Di ko nga alam (na fourth all-time). Pero it’s a blessing for me. With my age right now, 33, my mileage, not missing a single game, it’s truly a blessing for me,” said Tenorio, who had 20 points in 6-of-14 field goal shooting but committed eight turnovers in the grueling match.

The Gin Kings tied the Elasto Painters with 6-5 win-loss record and will again collide on Monday in a best-of-three quarterfinals series.

“Ayokong mag-complain di ba? I’m sure a lot of players, a lot of aspiring basketball players want to be in my shoes right now,” said Tenorio. “So I take it as a blessing right now na nakakalaro ako ng matagal hanggang ngayon naglalaro pa rin ako.”

“The team trusted me especially the coach so it’s really a blessing for me and I don’t want to take it for granted right now,” he added. “Kasi hahanap-hanapin ko yan eh kapag nawala na ako sa PBA or pawala na ako sa PBA, hindi ko na makukuha yan eh. Now that I’m still here na kaya ko pa na binibigyan ako ng trust ng team, the management I feel blessed and I’m not gonna take anything for granted talaga.”     

And oh that was Tenorio’s 543rd straight PBA game.

So, can anyone please take him in as an endurance pill endorser. 

 

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