NCAA: LA Tenorio entering uncharted territory in debut as TV analyst

Philip Matel on Jul 24, 2018 07:38 PM
Tenorio entering uncharted territory in debut as TV analyst
Is a post-playing broadcasting career possible for the Gineral? He certainly hopes so.

Just like any rookie in his first game, he will always have jitters.

And that is how veteran floor general L.A. Tenorio felt in his broadcasting debut as a color commentator for the NCAA Season 94 broadcast.

Fresh off the PBA Finals press conference, which featured his team, crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra pitted against dynastic San Miguel Beer, the guard raced to the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.

With his white shirt embroidered with the logo of S+A in the right side of his chest, there he went, tackling basketball from almost the same perspective as seeing the court along with anchor Anton Roxas, analyzing the defending champion San Beda University, against upstart College of St. Benilde.

"Actually, going to this game, medyo nakakakaba ano? I had no idea talaga kung papaano maging analyst, because it's my first time to cover a game. Syempre, hindi rin ako masiyadong familiar sa mga players ng NCAA kasi masyadong mga bata na yan eh. I'm very happy and na-excite ako. Actually, sobrang nag-enjoy ako covering the game," Tenorio said in elation.

One of the key moments of the game was when Robert Bolick pointed at the spitfire point guard after the Red Lion drilled a tough, contested, step-back triple to give San Beda the lead, 54-52, a lead that it would never relinquish. 

The multiple-time champion noted that one of the best guards in collegiate basketball was inspired and was determined to give a show for Tenorio, and he did. 

Bolick finished with 25 points, five rebounds, and five assists as he led the Mendiola-based squad to their second straight win to start the season.

"Yun mga ganoong bagay na na-iinspire sila nakikita nila mga kuya nila. Na yung mga nilolook-up nila mga player from the sideline, na-iinspire sila," Tenorio said.

"With that, malaking accomplishment na sa akin yun doing this panel or commentating/analyst kasi natutuwa ako na may mga players na na-iinspire sa akin doing their best and doing their ano, what they are supposed to do inside the playing court. Yun lang naman gusto ko makita as a player."

Is a post-playing broadcasting career possible for the Gineral? He certainly hopes so. He also noted that being an analyst gives a different feel to the game, and may help him branch out to other careers, just like being a coach.

"Kaya ko rin siguro sinubukan to dahil gusto ko rin maging analyst or commentator in the future di ba? Or head coach, di ba? Pwede rin maging stepping stone sa pagiging head coach kasi naa-analyze mo ang game."

"But again, I did this for a different experience for me. Mapalawak ko. Kasi doing this, marami rin akong natututunan sa mga players, sa mga coaches na nakausap ko. Marami na ako natututunan."


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