LA Tenorio: From ‘The Cancer’ to ‘The Answer’

Lewis Alfred Tenorio was traded to Ginebra from Alaska before the start of the 2012-2013 Season of the PBA and a lot of the Ginebra fans are already hyped upon his arrival for they know that LA could be one of the answer of the Ginebra’s aging Backcourt and also for Ginebra’s halfcourt stability.

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LA did not disappoint the Ginebra faithfuls during his 1st season on Ginebra. He logged in a average of 13.6 PPG, 4.8 RPG and 6.3 APG and even won the Best Player award during the Commissioner’e Cup. Although Ginebra wasn’t able to enter the Semis during the Philippine Cup,Governor’s cup and unable to bag the championship on the Commissioner’s Cup. The fans still had high hopes because of the Acquisition of Japeth Aguilar and LA.

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Entering the 2013-2014 PBA season, People considered ginebra to be the team to watch out, for they’ve Selected Greg Slaughter in the Rookie Draft. People says that LA would have an easy time orchestrating the Ginebra offense due to the presence of the Ginebra’s “Twin Tower” consisting of Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar.

The Expectation was really met in the Elimination round of the Philippine Cup, Ginebra Finished at the top of the elimination and Japeth and Greg has been producing well. LA on the other hand is doing his job quite well feeding the ball to Greg or Japeth.

Everything was going well for Ginebra up until the Semis of the 2013 Philippine Cup on where they faced Tim Cone’s San Mig Coffee Mixers. The series was very close but Ginebra lost in the close Game 7. Fans were heartbroken, people were disappointed because they thought that this is the time Ginebra will bag their first championship in 7 years.

So, After the Philippine Cup, their has been a lot of coaching change. In the Commissioner’s Cup it was Juno Sauler who was calling the shot but eventually failed also and this was the start of the struggle of Lewis Alfred Tenorio.

In the Governor’s cup, Jeffrey Cariaso was elevated as head coach of the Barangay Ginebra hoping to fix the system. LA was named as team captain because Coach Jeffrey said that LA is familiar in the Triangle offense and was hoping he could share this to his teammates.

Fans became patient for they know Triangle offense is a complex system, again they weren’t able to pass the Quarterfinals in the Governor’s cup and LA is still losing his numbers.

the 2015 PBA season came and people are again hyped on Ginebra because they were given a lot of time to practice the Triangle offense hoping for a new result in this season.

Unfortunately Ginebra did not even pass the Quarterfinals in the Philippine Cup, Jeffrey Cariaso was sacked as head coach and Coach Ato returned to the helm of Ginebra and in this season LA had his lowest numbers donning the Ginebra jersey.

In the 2014-2015 season, LA Averaged 9.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, and 3.9 APG which was his lowest during his stint in Ginebra.

Before the Start of the Commissioner’s Cup, this was the beginning of the rumors on which it says LA will be traded for different players. At first it was only just a rumor, no one even cared and fans still wanted to give LA another shot to redeem himself.

But then Commissioner’s Cup has ended and Ginebra again wasn’t able to surpass the Quarterfinal Round. This sparked the rumors even more. Fans became disappointed to LA’s diminishing numbers and they wanted him out of the team. Some fans even called him Cancer of the team and even said that in order for Ginebra to go back to winning form is that they must get rid of LA and get another Point Guard on the likes of Stanley Pringle or Terrence Romeo.

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Come 2014 Governor’s Cup, Frankie Lim was hailed as the new Head coach of Ginebra and LA is still on the team. Some Fans are somewhat disappointed that LA is still on the team and wasn’t able to get either Terrence Romeo or Stanley Pringle because Frankie Lim’s system is run and gun and fans don’t see LA fit for that system.

Expectations are high again, People are still focused on LA if he’s going to produce again. Unfortunately Ginebra ended the season with another disappointment and again, fans wanted to replace Tenorio already.

Rumors are continiously swirling during the off season, but the SMC management made a move that really shocked not just the whole Fanbase of Ginebra but also to some basketball fans.

Tim Cone was moved as head coach of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel from Purefoods Star Hotshots, replacing Frankie Lim hoping to really bring back the glory of Ginebra. Before the season starts, Tim Cone traded a lot of players and acquired the players that he thinks will strive into his system.

I saw this move as a resurrection of not just Ginebra’s Campaign but also LA’s career also.

At the start of the Philippine Cup, it was evident that Ginebra is still learning the system but it was also obvious that LA’s performance and confidence is slowly coming back. He’s back to his “Gineral” game on where he serves as a facilitator and only scores when needed. Again Ginebra weren’t able to enter the Quarterfinals of both Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup. But fans were again back up to their feet and felt that Ginebra is slowly improving under Tim Cone.

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Come Governor’s Cup, Greg Slaughter was injured, so Tim Cone did an adjustment to his offense. He veered away from the Structured Triangle offense and replaced it with a high octane offense. Most of the Ginebra’s Lineup benefited from this change of offense especially LA Tenorio. During this change, LA had a drastic change of his stats compared to the last 2 seasons he had with ginebra. Also LA has been quite effective on facilitating the offense of Ginebra, he registered a 11.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG and 4.2 APG. Not just he is registering some big numbers, Ginebra also entered the Semi finals and later on defeated the San Miguel beermen to battle the Meralco bolts in the ongoing Finals of the PBA Governor’s cup.

during the 2016 Governor’s Cup Playoffs, LA had his best games wearing the Ginebra uniform and averaging 18.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG and 5.4 APG.

It is really a wonder on how LA Tenorio stayed composed amidst all of the trade rumors and tongue lashing he got from the fans. It’s also funny to see that people who said that LA was a cancer for the team is now Appreciating him and considered him again as the important piece of Ginebra’s offense and defense.

I never gave up on LA, seriously, I know he still had that essence of a prime Point guard of the Philippine basketball. Yes there are times that I get frustrated on him but I really never wanted him out of Ginebra because I know for sure that when you give him a good coach who really knows his role and how to use him, he’s definitely going to produce for the team.

I really admired LA for the resiliency he showed, From Cancer of the team back then now he became the Answer.

Will LA finally be the Answer for Ginebra’s Championship Drought? Well I hope so.


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