NASUGBU: LA Tenorio Happy and Excited to possibly play once again for Gilas Pilipinas

LA TENORIO, ANOTHER TOUR OF DUTY FOR FLAG AND COUNTRY

LA Tenorio
LA Tenorio sizing up Puerto Rican NBA superstar JJ Barea (Photo: Fiba.com)

It came as a sweet surprise for the 34-year-old Nasugbu, Batangas native Lewis Alfred Tenorio when he once again got a Gilas Pilipinas call-up to be part of the 20-man national team pool  that will participate for the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers last Tuesday.

The veteran Ginebra playmaker who is a 3X PBA Finals MVP, 4X PBA Champion, and 8X PBA All Star is a no stranger to international scene.

Tenorio made his name on the final list of the Gilas Pilipinas 2.0 in 2012 where he was most remembered when he led team Philippines to win the 4th championship in the William Jones Cup tournament.

The smallest man stood the tallest on the Philippines side as Tenorio exploded for 20 points and scored the most crucial baskets to beat Team USA 76-75. Gilas won the tournament and Tenorio hailed Jones Cup MVP (2012).

Tenorio last played for Gilas in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Although, its been years since he last played for the flag he is confident he still has gas left in the tank.

In an interview with ESPN 5 Tenorio said, “I’m very thankful to SBP and the PBA and to coach Yeng for including me in the national pool. Rest assured that I will do my best and we just have to play and set aside all the issues and everything. We just have to play and do our best.”

He will join a pool that features Jayson Castro, Paul Lee, Stanley Pringle, Alex Cabagnot, LA Tenorio, Matthew Wright, Marcio Lassiter, Scottie Thompson, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Arwind Santos, Japeth Aguilar, Greg Slaughter, June Mar Fajardo, Beau Belga, Poy Erram, Ian Sangalang and naturalized player Christian Standhardinger.

The Philippines, who currently sits at third place in Group F with a 5-3 record, will host Kazakhstan on Nov. 30 and Iran on Dec. 3 which will be held at Mall of Asia Arena.

Coach Yeng Guiao has also scheduled scrimmages against Jordan on November 19 and 21, and Lebanon on November 23 and 25 at the Meralco Gym before the FIBA Qualifiers match as preparation.

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