ANTIPOLO – Taylor Browne scored a personal-best 14 points in the Converge guard's breakout game in his young professional career.
Browne hit four threes in his best game since being drafted last year by Alaska in the second round (16th overall) of the PBA draft. The University of British Columbia product only played four games during the 2021 Philippine Cup, and didn’t play a single match in the Governors’ Cup for Alaska last conference.
Browne hopes he has proven his worth on Thursday despite Converge ending up on the losing end, 90-74, against Meralco.
“I’m just staying ready,” said the 6-foot-2 Browne. “I don’t have too much experience yet in the PBA. But it is slowly coming. Coach Jeff [Cariaso] talks to me a lot about just staying ready, putting the work in, and just being confident, knowing that when I get in there, I have to be ready and provide. That’s what it felt like today.”
The 25-year-old Browne admitted there were also difficulties during his rookie year where he saw limited playing time for the Aces.
“It’s definitely difficult for any player not playing. But I knew that this is my first time here. I’m just having to adjust. I’m just being patient. I made sure that I stay patient and let it come to me. It will naturally come with the hardwork,” said Browne.
Meralco coach Norman Black admitted the Bolts were caught off guard by Browne’s play although they know that he is capable of putting points on the board from his three-point shooting ability.
“We always knew he can shoot. I think everybody saw his videos before he got drafted where he was making three-point shot after three-point shot. Always wondered why he wasn’t playing more but at the same time, that’s not really my concern,” he said.
“But tonight, he surprised us by making those three-pointers. He made some of them in transition where we couldn’t catch up with him. We couldn’t get close enough to him. But obviously, he is a really good shooter and looks like he has a future in the league,” said Black.
Browne hopes that his performance against Meralco will earn him more playing time in the rotation of Converge.
“I hope so. I’ll just continue to put in the work, staying ready, whether I play again or I don’t play again, I’ll be ready. Hopefully, this is a building block for me where I can step off from here,” said the Canadian-born Filipino-Antiguan.
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