Ginebra is where my heart is, Taulava says
Reigning Asean Basketball League Most Valuable Player Asi Taulava wants to return to the PBA. But with one condition, he wants to play for Ginebra.
“I’ve always been a Ginebra fan. Even though I’m playing for opposing teams but, you know, I’ve been a villain my whole career and I think it’s a perfect fit for my career playing for Ginebra,” says Taulava before Stephon Marbury’s press conference for his charity game ‘A game of love: Stephon Marbury gives back’.
Meralco holds the rights of Taulava and still there are no responses yet from the Manny Pangilinan-owned team on whether Taulava will be released or he’ll be staying as a San Miguel Beerman in the ABL.
And if Meralco is still defiant not to release the big man, Taulava said that it’s okay with him to stay in the ABL.
“I’ll just stay in the ABL. I’m happy there, you know, it’s always been my dream to go back to the PBA and play for Ginebra but it doesn’t happen I still have my responsibility to play in the ABL and to represent San Miguel and hopefully go back-to-back next season,” he said.
But still, it’s a gratifying feeling for Taulava to play for Ginebra.
“I want to play in front of their legions of fans. Nothing better than showing up in the arena and play in front of fifteen thousand, twenty five thousand people. You get that motivation, that inspiration to go out there and do whatever it takes to win,” he added. (Jonno Bales)
Gilas turns back Japan to cloud Taipei loss
Team Gilas Pilipinas made no excuses in their Taiwan loss as the nationals immediately atoned for their loss on Saturday as the Philippine team wasted no time in bouncing back for a 90-71 blowout of Japan in the 27th Fiba-Asia Championship at the MOA Arena.
With the win, Gilas now improved to 3-1 and still has the chance to win one of three slots for next year’s World Basketball Championship in Spain.
Marcus Douthit led the charge for Gilas by scoring 13 of 19 points in the first period to start the game right as the torrid scoring rubbed off to his teammates, Jeff Chan, LA Tenorio and Ranidel De Ocampo.
The Japanese team, in the first quarter, battled with Gilas, 17-14, but the nationals made sure that there would be no more let down as they started the second canto with guns blazing and never looked back.
Gilas will now face unbeaten Qatar, 3-0 at 8:30 p.m. today. (Rommel Fuertes)
Philippines (90) - Douthit 19, Chan 16, Tenorio 9, De Ocampo 9, William 7, Norwood 7, Aguilar 7, David 5, Alapag 6, Fonacier 3, Pingris 2, Fajardo 0.
Japan (71) - Sakuragi 19, Takiuchi 17, Hiejima 9, Tsuji 8, Matsui 6, Kanamaru 4, Ota 2, Watanabe 2, Kurihara 2, Sakirai 2, Ichioka 0, Tanaka 0.
Quarterscores: 17-14; 46-36; 74-61; 90-71.