PBA Finals: He’s up to the challenge – Tenorio on Pringle
Mark Escarlote on Jan 06, 2020 03:51 PM
I think he's ready and he's up to the challenge, and he's really ready to go and get his first ring, his first championship dito sa PBA -- LA Tenorio on backcourt partner Stanley Pringle (Photo by Arvin Lim)
LA Tenorio is looking forward to a great championship series run with new backcourt partner Stanley Pringle when Barangay Ginebra takes on Meralco in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals starting Tuesday at the Big Dome.
The veteran guard sees the presence of Pringle as a big factor in the Gin Kings’ bid to reclaim the throne they lost in 2018 in a botched three-peat attempt in the season-ending conference.
“Well, wala naman kaming kailangang sabihin sa kanya. We're just happy that nadala namin si Stanley, or nadala niya 'yung team dito sa Finals,” said Tenorio. “That was really our goal, to go to the Finals and win the championship for Stanley. He's very excited, no doubt. He's very up to the challenge.”
At 32, Pringle, who was acquired from NorthPort in a trade in the middle of last year, will make his championship debut since getting picked no. 1 overall in the 2014 draft.
Pringle has been very vocal with his excitement to show his wares in the biggest stage of the PBA. But as much as Tenorio loves the enthusiasm of Pringle, he is always quick to remind the explosive guard to keep his focus on the team’s goal.
“Kasi, sinabi ko sa kanya one time na, 'Don't be too excited.' But he's very vocal about it, he's raring to go. Parang natatagalan nga siya sa Game 1 eh,” said Tenorio.
“But that's why we're here, for Stanley, we're a team. Every time na he's doing things na hindi naman kailangan gawin na sobra na, we're here to support him and to remind him to relax a little bit and just do the game plan,” Tenorio added.
Tenorio knows that the Bolts, who the Gin Kings beat in the 2016 and 2017 editions, will go at them hard in their attempt to win their first title but he is confident Ginebra will emerge on top once again with Pringle by his side.
“I think he's ready and he's up to the challenge, and he's really ready to go and get his first ring, his first championship dito sa PBA,” said Tenorio. “That is gonna be special for us, the whole team, for me also, seeing Stanley getting that first championship.”
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