Feb 10, 2019

L.A. Tenorio just three games away from dethroning Alvin Patrimonio as PBA's 'Iron Man'

LA Tenorio could become the PBA's newest "Iron Man" on March 17 when Ginebra faces Magnolia at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

All Tenorio needs is to avoid getting injured that may prevent him from surpassing the mark of Alvin Patrimonio, now the Hotshots' team manager.

Tenorio played his 594th straight game on Saturday when the Kings thrashed the Blackwater Elite, 85-67, at the Davao del Sur Coliseum in Digos City. He had nine assists but went scoreless in 33 minutes.

In support for Team Pilipinas' campaign in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, the PBA Philippine Cup is set to go on a two-week break starting on Feb. 14.

Altogether, Tenorio will be on a 22-day sabbatical that should help him re-energize and stay fit for Ginebra's next three games.

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He can tie Patrimonio's record of 596 by the time the Kings plays against Alaska on March 3 at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City and the Phoenix Fuel Masters on March 10 at the Big Dome.

Tenorio gets the opportunity to move past Patrimonio and earn the distinction as PBA's Iron Man when the Kings play the Hotshots seven days later.

Patrimonio established the record from 1992 until his retirement in Nov. 2004. (JT)