MARK Tallo took a leap of faith when he left La Salle to go back to Cebu and suit up for Southwestern University last year.
On Monday, Tallo found validation that he made a good decision.
The 19-year-old Cebuano showed his former team how his game has improved and matured in the Cobras’ 68-58 victory over the Archers in the semifinals of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League at the Blue Eagle Gym.
“Pinakita ko lang talaga na grabe yung in-improve ko,” said Tallo, who registered 13 points, six boards, six assists, and was a commanding presence in the extra period where the Cobras broke the game open.
Tallo said he has worked hard over the past year to prove his point.
“Sobrang worth it yung sacrifices ko. Double time sa practice. Kahit sobrang hirap na, nag pay off pa rin,” added the reigning Cesafi MVP.
Cobras coach Yayoy Alcoseba believes Tallo simply flourished with the Cobras, and that the big game on Monday had nothing to do with trying to outdo his former teammates.
“It was nothing personal for Macmac,”Alcoseba said.
“He just wants to play in Cebu because he has no playing time (in Manila), so he believes that by playing in Cebu, he can have a break and play his brand of basketball.”
Asked if it was a bittersweet feeling to beat his former team, Tallo smiled.
“Friendly game lang. Kasi desisyon ko rin naman. Pero sobrang magandang feeling talaga kasi it shows I can play with the big guns.”