ASI Taulava vowed to prove he is worth every centavo in the contract extension NLEX rewarded him after putting up a so-so performance in the Road Warriors’ 101-95 loss to Meralco on Wednesday in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
Two days after signing a new two-year contract that would assure him playing until he’s 45, the Road Warriors star slotman registered 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting, seven boards, and two assists against six turnovers in 30 minutes against the Bolts.
“It (contract extension) feels good, but there's still a lot of work ahead,” Taulava said after the game. “I guess my boss, the coaching staff in NLEX, they see something in me that I can still keep pushing.”
“But at the same time, I can’t let them down,” he was quick to add. “I just gotta keep working, just keep taking care of myself.”
Taulava, though, failed to lead the Road Warriors to a third straight win as they fell below .500 with a 3-4 win-loss record.
“I really wanted to win tonight, I guess I got gigil that's why I have so many turnovers, I was forcing it,” the evergreen big man admitted. “I got to learn from it.”
Taulava bared he was nursing a minor knee injury that hampered his play, but he refused to make it as an excuse.
“We all have injuries, we all have aches, but it shouldn’t be an excuse during the games,” the former Gilas stalwart said. “I have to do my job and I have to do better. I take full responsibility on everything that happened to us.”
“But the best thing is we have a game on Friday, just one practice, then try to bounce back against Phoenix,” he added.