Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s playmaker LA Tenorio named Best Player of the Conference, edging Alaska’s top rookie Calvin Abueva.
The 5-foot-8 playmaker out of Ateneo, a seven-year PBA veteran, pocketed a first BPC award in his second conference with Barangay Ginebra.
He became the fourth Ginebra player to win a BPC trophy as he topped Alaska players Calvin Abueva and Jayvee Casio, Globalport’s Gary David and Talk n Text’s Jayson Castro for the coveted award.
LA Tenorio foiled Castro’s bid for back-to-back BPC citations and Abueva’s hopes to win it in his rookie year, adding the BPC plum to his 2010 Most Improved Player award, 2010 Mythical First Team membership, 2010 Fiesta Conference co-Finals MVP honors and 2012 Jones Cup MVP trophy.
Carrying Ginebra on his shoulders with Mark Caguioa sidelined by an injury, Tenorio won the balloting among players, media and PBA officials by a landslide and thus pulled away from Abueva after a tight stats derby.
LA Tenorio totaled 1125 points to Abueva’s 861, Casio’s 514, Castro’s 416 and David’s 402 and thus became the fourth Ginebra player to win the BPC race after Eric Menk, Jayjay Helterbrand and Caguioa.