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LA Tenorio: A True Inspiration and Role Model​

LA Tenorio, the Barangay Ginebra team captain, has been a significant influence and inspiration for his teammate Scottie Thompson. Despite being diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer, Tenorio is still present and actively engaged with the team. His illness has prevented him from playing in the PBA Governors Cup semifinals, but he continues to monitor the games closely. Thompson dedicated his first triple-double of the season to Tenorio following their recent victory against the San Miguel Beermen in Game 2 of their best-of-five series.

Thompson shared that Tenorio has been instrumental in shaping his game and mindset, especially during timeouts where Tenorio would always remind him that he is in control of the game. The veteran guard has been like an older brother to Thompson, but now, he sees Tenorio as a coach and looks up to him for guidance and support.

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Tenorio has been provisionally part of the Ginebra coaching staff, and his presence has inspired the team, especially during their current playoff run. The Ginebra team, including the ballboys, wore personalized white shirts with the words’ Laban TENORIO’ during the warm-up before Game 2. This gesture shows how much they appreciate and value their teammate, who has been with the team for over a decade.

Thompson’s impressive performance in Game 2, with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists, helped put the Kings on the verge of returning to the finals of the season-ending meet for the fifth time in its last six editions. The team hopes to continue their momentum and finish off San Miguel in Game 3, which will take them one step closer to their goal.

Although the team dedicates every game and win to Tenorio, he has urged them to play for him and for themselves, their families, management, and the fans. The team’s unwavering support and dedication to their teammate show the strong bond and camaraderie within the group, which is essential in their journey toward success.


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LA Tenorio’s incredible path in Philippine basketball displays his tremendous on-court abilities and undying determination and persistence. He has left an indelible impression on the sport as a real inspiration and role model, teaching aspiring athletes the value of hard effort, dedication, and sportsmanship. Tenorio’s impact goes beyond his accomplishments, providing inspiration and hope for future generations of basketball players in the Philippines. His narrative exemplifies the transformational power of passion and persistence, reminding us that even the most lofty goals can be accomplished on the floor with hard work.


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