LA Tenorio set to make much-awaited return

LA Tenorio, who has made a remarkable recovery from colon cancer, is set to make his highly anticipated comeback for Brgy. Ginebra in the PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup.

The 39-year-old veteran, a dominant force in Philippine basketball, will don the Gin Kings’ uniform once again as they face off against the Terrafirma Dyip at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig.

Having received clearance from his doctors in September, Tenorio, an eight-time PBA champion, is determined to contribute to the crowd darlings’ quest to defend their title.

Game time is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.

The Gin Kings have been performing well, winning their last two games and currently tied in third to fifth spots with San Miguel and Meralco Bolts, all with a record of 3-1.

If the team secures a victory, they will move up to the second spot in the league standings, alongside idle Phoenix.

In their recent games against Rain or Shine and Blackwater, the team showcased an impressive performance, particularly from new recruit Maverick Ahanmisi. Ahanmisi has seamlessly adapted to his new team, averaging 17.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists, with a remarkable 50 percent shooting accuracy from the three-point area.

Brgy. Ginebra coach Tim Cone is confident that the team will greatly benefit from the leadership of Tenorio. Additionally, Cone, who is the all-time winning coach in the PBA, expects Ahanmisi to further improve as he becomes more familiar with the team’s system throughout the season.

“We got two guys in the starting lineup that are new to everything we do, that’s Mav and Tony (Bishop), so we’re still working and trying to get everybody in to fit,” said Cone. “Both Tony and Mav are trying and playing despite not knowing what they’re doing,” he added.

Brgy. Ginebra is set to take on a Terrafirma team that has suffered back-to-back losses with an average margin of 29.5 points after starting the season with a 2-1 record.

However, the Dyip still pose a threat, particularly when their top rookie pick, Stephen Holt, finds his shooting rhythm. Holt has already showcased his rebounding and passing abilities in previous games.

At 31 years old, Holt has been averaging 10.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.2 assists in the five games he has played this season.

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