ASI Taulava has barely warmed up his seat in his PBA comeback, and therefore is not yet ready to go to an early vacation.
The 6-foot-11 veteran big man told Spin.ph that though Air 21’s chances of making it to the PBA Governors Cup playoffs is slim, he’d still motivate his teammates to go for the win.
“Half of our chances of making it no longer rest on our hands, but I’d rather tell my boys not to give up. As long as there is a bit of chance, that’s still something we should look on,” said Taulava, whose playing rights were recently acquired by Air21 from Meralco following a trade that also involved point guard Mike Cortez.
“I just came from a long rest, and hell no, I ain’t going back there yet,” said the 2003 league MVP who has suited up for the Express in just three games.
The oldest in the present crop of PBA players at 40, Taulava bared the Express should still go full throttle against Alaska and deny the Aces a place in the top four of the playoffs.
“I push these guys and hopefully, we win this. Hopefully, we can upset Alaska. And if no chance for a quarters seat comes in, at least, we get good momentum for the All Filipino,” he said.
“I know we can beat Alaska. I‘m no stranger to beating that team. We just have to go out there and play our game, make the best of it. The ball is round,” Taulava stressed.
For Air 21 to make the playoffs, the Express must beat Alaska and hope Barangay Ginebra loses by at least 23 points against Talk N’ Text in the other match scheduled for Sunday during the final play date of the eliminations.
“That’s way too complicated,” admitted Taulava. “But still there’s a chance. We have to seize every opportunity.”