ASI Taulava added another milestone to his colorful career, grabbing his 6,000th rebound in NLEX’s 99-106 loss to Mahindra on Friday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Taulava, the oldest active player in the PBA who turns 43 on March 2, reached the plateau late in the fourth period and went on to compile 6,001 at the end of the game.
According to PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III, Taulava joined an elite club that includes PBA legends Mon Fernandez, Abet Guidaben, Jerry Codinera, and Alvin Patrimonio.
Despite the loss, the NLEX veteran is all the more grateful not just for achieving the feat but for remaining very much active in the PBA at his age.
His overriding goal is a championship to the Road Warriors.
“It would have felt better with the win,” Taulava said. “But I’m happy and grateful that I’m still playing at my age. A couple of days, I’m the big 43. I can take it as an early birthday gift.”
“I just want to continue working and help NLEX win ballgames,” he added.
The Road Warriors lost for the second time in four games, going into their match against Rain or Shine on Friday. But Taulava remained confident NLEX can bounce back with several days of rest before their next game.
“It hurts a bit but we have a week to prepare, get some rest, and get back to the gym with the guys, and try to stay positive,” said Taulava.