When Ginebra got Tenorio, they knew what to expect from the former Ateneo standout. Tenorio needed to refresh his career and Ginebra was the perfect destination for him. He needed a team who will know how to use him, while Ginebra badly needed a court general who can run together with Caguioa and fascilitate the offense. Ginebra told Tenorio prior the start of the commissioners cup to grasp the role of being the leader of this team. Lofty expectations for a team with Mark Caguioa still on the roster.
Man, LA did turn in on when the team needed it. With Ginebra on a roll when Mark Caguioa suffered an injury, the team leaned on Tenorio to lead them and make up what they were losing without Caguioa. Tenorio averaged 14.2 points 5.5 assists 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals per contest during Ginebra’s strong conference. He also sparked Ginebra’s pressure defense that led to Macklin and Ellis dunks. Without Caguioa, the Ginebra offense evolved to suit Tenorio’s style, running pick n’ rolls more to take advantage of his ability to either attack the basket, pull-up for a jumper or make the perfect pass. Tenorio also showed he was a bigtime player by playing BIG during playoff games as he tallied 28 points 6 rebounds and 5 assists during game 5 of their semi-finals series against TNT. In the end, he did enough for Ginebra to earn the conference’s Best Player of the Conference award.
Because Tenorio had to carry the offensive load with Caguioa out, his shooting percentage dipped. In the finals, it looked like the weight of the long conference finally got to him as he shot a miserable 30% from the field. He also posted a team-high 3.3 turnovers per game, while also having a tendency to gamble a bit too much on defense, giving their opponents open lanes and easy scoring opportunities.
Tenorio stepped up bigtime after Caguioa went down with an injury. He did way more than what was expected of him and he was able to cement his place as possibly the best point guard in the PBA. With Tenorio clearly being Ginebra’s court general for years to come, the issue on how he can co-exist with Caguioa will again pick-up steam now that the Spark is healthy again.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Approval Ratings
|Elmer Espiritu||Robert Labagala||Billy Mamaril||Kerby Raymundo||Jayjay Helterbrand|
|Mac Baracael||Rudy Hatfield||Chris Ellis||LA Tenorio||Mark Caguioa|