Tenorio wanted to be a Growling Tiger... but UST didn't recruit him
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Jul 23, 2020 04:18 PM
"Honestly... kung ni-recruit ako ng UST noon, malamang nasa UST ako. Hindi ako ni-recruit eh." — LA Tenorio.
After his time as a San Beda Red Cub, LA Tenorio went on to become a legendary Blue Eagle in the UAAP during the early 2000s.
Before Tenorio found his way to the Ateneo though, a number of schools recruited him to play for their respective varsity teams.
There was one school that LA particularly liked but said school didn't recruit him, so Tenorio simply didn't go.
"Most of the schools, kinausap din talaga ako. Isa lang ang hindi talagang naka-recruit sa akin na gusto ko pang puntahan, which is UST," LA said on 2OT.
"Honestly... kung ni-recruit ako ng UST noon, malamang nasa UST ako. Hindi ako ni-recruit eh. Kasi hindi sila nangangailanngan that time, kasi buo sila," he added.
Tenorio said he grew fond of UST when the Growling Tigers were locked in an intense rivalry with the De La Salle Green Archers that started from the mid-1990s and spilled all the way to the early 2000s. In that time, both teams won 4-peat championships in the UAAP.
While the Growling Tigers never made an offer to LA, Tenorio's UAAP career was still a success for another school as he starred for Ateneo, eventually winning a championship with the Blue Eagles in 2002.
"UST-La Salle rivalry di ba? Kay gusto ko dun, sila napapanood ko. Kaya lang di naman ako ni-recruit ni coach Aric [Del Rosario]," LA said.
"But again, malaking blessing din yung napunta ako sa Ateneo," Tenorio added.
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