SEA Games: LA wants latest Gilas homestand to end with a gold medal

Paul Lintag on Dec 04, 2019 10:21 AM
SEA Games: LA wants latest Gilas homestand to end with gold
LA wants his first SEA Games — and perhaps even his last — to count. (Photo by Josh Albelda)

MANILA — The last time LA Tenorio played for Gilas Pilipinas with homecourt advantage, the national team ended up with a silver medal.

That was six years ago when Gilas 2.0 placed second in the FIBA-Asia Championships to advance in the next year’s FIBA World Cup.

Fast forward to 2019 and Tenorio is back with Gilas with a home court advantage. The tournament this time is the Southeast Asian Games.

LA wants his first SEA Games — and perhaps even his last — to count.

“Last time I played for the national team dito sa home court, dalawang beses akong natalo,” Tenorio said.

“So hopefully, mabawi namin yun and mabawi ng team yun. Ang importante is our goal to win that gold medal,” he added.

Playing at home has its own sets of pros and cons.

A huge advantage of course is having an entire coutnry behind your back. The one drawback is the pressure that comes with living to that incredible expectation of winning — and winning convincingly.

But Tenorio argues that pressure will always be present and he banks on Gilas’ experience to come through as the SEA Games rolls in Manila.

“There’s always pressure naman. As long as alam namin na ready kami, we know kung ano yung mga kailangan namin gawin, malalampasan namin yung pressure,” LA said.

“That’s why siguro si Coach Tim, he got players na beterano rin for us to be ready and not think about all the pressure, kung ano yung mga nangyayari sa labas. Ang importante is our goal to win that gold medal,” he added.

 

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