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    Battle of the ages: Teammates Asi, Menk give contrasting take on age ahead of ABL season

    Jan 9, 2013

    ASI Taulava and Eric Menk have contrasting views on whether or not age matters as they play for the San Miguel Beermen in the Asean Basketball League.

    For Taulava, it doesn’t. For Menk, it does.

    “Age is just a number,” said the 39-year-old Taulava. “The body still feels young. We feel like the two youngest guys in the team.”

     “I disagree with Asi,” said Menk, 38. “I feel (my age) every morning when I wake up and throughout the whole day. There is nothing I can do about it.”

    Taulava and Menk had fought countless battles in the PBA ever since they joined the league at the same time in 1999, but team up in the twilight of their careers in a bid to land a maiden ABL title for the Beermen.

    “There is no difference (between playing in the PBA and the ABL) as long as there is motivation and hunger. This is the longest preseason we (Menk) ever had in our whole career. It’s been a great journey,” said Taulava.

    Menk said: “I prepared very well for this season and I’ve waited a long time for this opportunity. I’m going to be very proud to don the San Miguel Beermen jersey.”

    Taulava and Menk said that they can’t wait for the season to start as they have been preparing for the season since October.

    The veterans also expect a lot with this season’s Beermen.

    “It’s been enjoyable to play with this team. We are a pretty complete team and with the addition of two imports, I expect that we’ll perform very well this season,” Menk said.

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    “We are focused on one goal which is to bring a championship. No second place or third place. We feel that the Philippines can dominate Southeast Asia,” Taulava added.

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