After Gilas exit, LA Tenorio doesn’t mind backup role to Ginebra rookie Scottie Thompson

Barangay Ginebra veteran playmaker LA Tenorio wouldn’t mind playing a backup role behind rookie Scottie Thompson once the PBA Governors Cup rolls this month.

Joining the team’s practice on Thursday morning, Tenorio got a refresher course on coach Tim Cone’s triangle system after missing practice for nearly a month due to his Gilas duties.

But after being excluded from the Final 12 recently, the 31-year-old Tenorio said he’s all business as he gets re-acquainted once more with his PBA team.

“Actually natuwa nga ako because Scottie took advantage yung pagkawala namin ni Greg,” Tenorio said, noting the newfound confidence he saw from the former NCAA Most Valuable Player.

“I think it’s about time na mag-take charge na talaga siya as early as now para ma-feel na niya and I think this conference, siya ang aabangan talaga natin,” he added.

Thompson, Ginebra’s 5th pick in last year’s PBA Rookie Draft, scored 10 of his 12 points in a strong start in the opening quarter of the team’s 127-114 win against Tropang TNT 2 days ago.

Tenorio said the freshman point guard will just have to maintain that kind of aggression to contribute to the Kings’ campaign for the third conference.

“I think coach Tim is putting him in the spot na talaga kung saan siya dapat kasi he’s a big weapon for us,” explained Tenorio, who is turning 32 next week.

“Whether mag-back up ako or sabay kami sa court ni Scottie, okay lang.”

The former Ateneo point guard has been given a 4-day break after his Gilas stint, before reporting for practice next Tuesday. – By Richard Dy

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