Where Were You When a Rookie Dropped 30 in the Finals?

In Episode Four of Where Were You When?, Ginebra point guard and Gilas Legend LA Tenorio talks about that time he dropped 30 points in the UAAP Finals in 2001. As a rookie.

By Yoyo Sarmenta

Before being hailed as Ginebra’s lieutenant and years before becoming a Gilas playmaker, he was just a scrawny 16-year-old kid trying to make a name for himself.

The kid took it upon himself to carry his team, the Ateneo Blue Eagles, in a thrilling Game 3 of the UAAP Finals against the De La Salle Green Archers.

This was 2001 – before the fame, before the glory, and before he legislated the country’s National Reverse. He was up against daunting foes: Renren Ritualo, Mike Cortez, and the rest of the 4-peat-seeking Archers.

But the kid didn’t care. He wasn’t fazed at all. He looked at the pressure straight in the eye and said, ‘Bring it.’

The game ended up as a loss for him and his team.

But even in defeat, the legend of LA Tenorio was born.

Where were you when a rookie dropped 30 in the Finals? #WWYW

Where Were You When? is a video series by BuhayBasket and SLAM Philippines, presented by Gatorade.

Check out these episodes:

Episode 1: Where Were you When: Dino Aldeguer Hit “The Shot”?
Episode 2: Where Were You When UST Pulled Off “The Miracle”?
Episode 3: Where Were You When UP Won the 1986 Title


[Special thanks to Yoyo Sarmenta; SLAM Philippines; Gatorade Philippines]

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