A FEW months removed from the PBA, Mark Tallo quickly stamped his class in the MPBL while playing for his new team Bacolod.
The second-generation guard finished with 31 points, six steals and six assists while powering Bacolod to an 87-83 triumph over fellow expansion squad Mindoro Tamaraws in the MPBL Lakan Cup at the San Andres Gym in Manila.
“Medyo disappointed ako sa sarili ko kasi nung nag-PBA ako, medyo tumaba ako, hindi ako naging masyadong disiplinado, kaya dito sa MPBL, may gusto akong i-prove dahil gusto ko ulit makabalik sa PBA,” Tallo said.
The son of former PBA player Mark Anthony Tallo knocked in 14 second-quarter points, then pumped in 10 in the pivotal fourth, including his team’s last six points. His jumper in the last 38 seconds proved to be the dagger for the Tamaraws.
Manila whipped Nueva Ecija, 96-86, in the other game.
Carlo Lastimosa led the Stars’ offense with 20 points while Chris Bitoon added 18. A big revelation for Manila was Jollo Go, who added 14 while Aris Dionisio, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, had another double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.