LA Tenorio is remarkably recognized by the league as IRON MAN. The veteran guard renowned another milestone for playing his 700th consecutive career game on Sunday at the Ynares Center, Antipolo.
Entirely unaware, Tenorio started playing basketball when he was 6 years old. No one really saw him play to his potential, but he tried his luck to join the basketball team when he was in grade three and Don Bosco Makati. He, then in grade six, played nationally televised exhibition games in front of a PBA audience. After his elementary days were over, he first went to Adamdon under Coach Charlie Day before eventually transferring to San Beda under legendary bench tactician Ato Badolato. LA became part of the Bedan squad that was rife with future collegiate stars – Magnum Membrere, Arjun Cordero, Toti Almeda, and Jon Jon Tabique. He won a little in his junior year, but finished just third in his last year with the Red Cubs.
Tenorio made an immediate impact as a rookie for the Blue Eagles of Ateneo de Manila as he helped his team into the 2001 basketball Finals of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).
The following year, in 2002, he would once again lead the Ateneo de Manila back to UAAP finals.
He would make a third straight Finals appearance in 2003. He played five seasons with Ateneo de Manila and as well graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006, something he considers a far more important achievement than any of the basketball accolades he ever got.
The Philippine Basketball League (PBL) is the last stepping-stone towards achieving a professional basketball career. In his last PBL conference, he led his Harbour Centre Portmasters team to the 2006 PBL Unity Cup championship, a fitting end to his career as an amateur player.
The veteran guard also made his name on the final list of the Smart Gilas. The first tournament was the prestigious 2012 William Jones Cup held in Taipei.
At present, The King’s are playing their first game in the season-opening conference after winning the Governor’s Cup championship last April.
The seven-time champion received precious hardware from Commissioner Willie Marcial, San Miguel Corp. sports director Alfrancis Chua, Converge Governor Chito Salud, and Blackwater Governor Silliman Sy, during the halftime of the Philippine Cup game between the Kings and Blackwater Bossing.