AFTER Talk `N Text, Asi Taulava will face another of his former PBA team as Air21 goes up against Meralco in the Governors Cup Sunday at the Astrodome.
The 4:15 p.m. match marks the first meeting between the comebacking 6-foot-9 big man and the Bolts since Meralco traded his playing rights to the Express last week in exchange for guard Mike Cortez.
Taulava, who played his first game in the league Friday against the Tropang Texters after a year of layoff, said there’s nothing personal nor any emotional attachment in the match against the 4-3 Bolts.
“It’s just another game. It’s just another day in the office. Nothing special because I don’t make any game different than the other,” Taulava candidly said.
"Right now, I just want to help these guys make a late run and the playoffs. But if not, at least we’re building chemistry going to (next season's) All-Filipino and continue from there,” he added.
Taulava registered seven points, had nine rebounds, and six assists as he helped Air21 score a huge 106-102 upset of the skidding Talk ‘N Text five.
The 2-5 Express hope to capitalize on the win as they face a Meralco squad still smarting from a 79-91 loss to Globalport.
The game saw the Bolts squander a 20-point advantage, allowing the Batang Pier to pull off an ego-boosting victory.
Still, coach Ryan Gregorio remains upbeat as his team shoots for a fifth win that could guarantee a quarterfinal seat for the three-year-old franchise.
Meralco import Mario West is coming off a quiet 22 points against the Batang Pier, scoring just six in the second half before fouling out late in the fourth period.