Paolo Taha redeems self in St. Benilde Blazers’ second meeting with Arellano Chiefs
Paolo Taha makes sure he makes good mark as the Blazers turn back the Chiefs this time. Dante Peralta

PAOLO Taha made sure to be remembered for the right reasons in College of St. Benilde’s second meeting against Arellano this season of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

After admittedly being the goat in the in their 66-67 defeat to the Chiefs in the first round, the Blazers star led his team to a victory this time.

Taha put on all-around performance of 27 points, 11 boards, and six assists as the Blazers notched a ninth victory in 14 games to gain solo fourth spot.

“Naging motivation ko lang yung first round,” the 23-year-old cager said, referring to the loss last August 8 when he failed to box out Nard Pinto in a free-throw situation, allowing the pride of Davao to score the game-winning putback off a missed charity by Dioncee Holts.

“Dahil sa akin, natalo kami,” Taha admitted. “Hindi ko makakalimutan ‘yun. Ilang araw akong hindi nakatulog.”

There were no heroics this time for Pinto, who mustered only nine points on 3-of-9 shooting and committed five turnovers, although the PBA-bound point guard tallied 10 assists and seven boards in 27 minutes.

And there will be no lost sleep this time for Taha.

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