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    Mahindra third-round pick Paolo Taha proves worth after signing two-year contract extension

    Aug 26, 2016
    Paolo Taha continues to be a revelation for Mahindra. Jaime Campos

    PAOLO Taha is quick to justify a two-year contract extension he got with Mahindra.

    The 25-year-old guard out of St. Benilde played another stellar role as the Enforcer toppled previously unbeaten TNT Katropa, 107-104, to secure a first ever PBA playoff appearance Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Taha topscored among Mahindra’s locals with 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting aside from four rebounds as he helped the franchise secure solo second spot with a 6-2 card - just half a game behind its victims (6-1).

    It was the third time in the last four games Taha finished with at least 14 points for the Enforcer, who also registered their first six-game victory in franchise history with their upset win over the fancied Texters.

    Prior to the win over the Texters, Taha averages 9.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.4 assists.

    Taha’s superb plays came after signing a fresh two-year deal with Mahindra management during the All-Star break.

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    “Siyempre, thankful and blessed dahil it only shows yung tiwala na meron sila sa akin,” said the soft-spoken guard, who was actually a third-round pick by Mahindra during the 2014 Rookie Draft, but ended up playing for Globalport instead.

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    “Trabaho natin ito, kaya dapat pagbutihan natin, especially here with my new team,” added Taha, re-acquired by the Enforcer just before the season-ending tournament from the Batang Pier in a trade involving Karl Dehesa.

    Taha said it’s imperative for him and the rest of the Enforcer to always come out and play their best every game since unlike the other teams, Mahindra is bereft of any superstar players.

    “Kailangan talaga namin gawin yung roles namin kasi hindi naman kami talaga power team,” he stressed. “Kaya si coach (Chris Gavina) ang laging bilin sa amin play every game as if it’s a championship.”

    And that's exactly what the Enforcer did in bringing down the league-leading Texters.

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