Barangay Ginebra guard LA Tenorio says the Gilas Pilipinas’ upcoming games versus Serbia and the Dominican Republic will be a great test of character for the young men of the men’s national basketball team.
The 36-year old, who has played for Gilas on the biggest stage in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain, says the opponents that the national squad will face are different animals compared to the ones they recently faced off against in the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers.
"It's a man game now. Dito natin mate-test yan," said Tenorio during his appearance on the show entitled “The Game.” “Dito mate-test yung character nung team. This is a good training also. I think coach Tab (Baldwin) knows this is part of the program playing in the Olympic qualifier.”
The Gilas will be facing off against a mighty Serbia team that has NBA players Boban Marjanovic and Nemanja Bjelica on July 1 and then, the Dominican Republic on July 2.
“This is an opportunity for the players to experience more manly games, kasi iba talaga kapag mga top 50 or even top 20 teams in the world ang makakalaban mo compared sa mga Asian countries only,” said Tenorio.
The upcoming games will also give the Gilas’ big men—naturalized player Angelo Kouame and 7-foot-3 center Kai Sotto—the chance to test their mettle against Marjanovic, the Dallas Mavericks’ 7-foot-3 big man and Bjelica, the sweet-shooting forward of the Miami Heat.
“Dito natin makikita talaga how important Kouame and Kai are for the national team. Yung mga height na katulad nila,” quipped Tenorio. (JNP)