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All-pro SEA Games Gilas squad special for setting aside personal egos, says Tenorio
by Niel Victor Masoy, December 14, 2019 8:14pm
LA Tenorio said the all-professional Gilas Pilipinas squad that won the gold in the 30th Southeast Asian Games was a special one.
The 5-foot-9 Barangay Ginebra San Miguel point guard said it’s because the Gilas team loaded with Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) stars set aside their egos and really worked as a team.
“This team is special siguro aside from our team the last world cup in 2014. This team is very special kasi itong team na ‘to full of superstars na nagsama-sama. Sinet aside namin yung ego ng bawat isa. Very unselfish yung ginawa namin dito. Hindi kami nag sapawan which is yung goal namin,” said Tenorio.
“Yun yung sinasabi ni coach Tim [Cone] na we don’t have to be an All-Star team. Our goal is to, aside from getting the gold medal, yung pagiging special ng team na ‘to after this SEA Games.”
Other than the Gilas squad composed of himself, Kiefer Ravena, Chris Ross, Stanley Pringle, Matthew Wright, Marcio Lassiter, Troy Rosario, Vic Manuel, Japeth Aguilar, Christian Standhardinger, June Mar Fajardo, and Greg Slaughter setting aside their egos, Tenorio said the said team is special because of the bond they have formed in about two months of practicing and playing together.
“We got the gold medal. This is a special team, isa sa mga special team na nasalihan ko. Kilala natin yung mga kasama natin sa team diba so napakasarap ng feeling na nakalaro ko na most of them. Siguro some of them first time kong nakasama.
“It’s been a great vibe from day one. Yun naman ang sinabi ko sa kanila. I’m very grateful na nakasama ko sila. You never know what’s gonna happen in each and everyone of us after this.
“Kung saan kami mapupunta. Maybe this is the first and the last sa akin and some of the players. Na-achieve namin yung goal namin not just the gold medal but to be a special team.”
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