Dream come true for Cebu's Mac Tallo

For­mer SWU star Mac­mac Tallo picked 10th over­all by TNT in 2017 PBA Draft

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - by Jonas Panerio COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Ev­ery sin­gle stand­out who came from the Cebu Schools Ath­letic Foun­da­tion Inc. (Ce­safi) that ap­plied for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft got their name called, but none was more sur­prised than two-time league MVP Mac­mac Tallo, whom the TNT KaTropa se­lected 10th in the first round yes­ter­day at the Robin­sons Place Manila.

Tallo, the dy­namic 6foot guard who led the South­west­ern Univer­si­tyPhinma Co­bras to two Ce­safi ti­tles be­fore suit­ing up for Ra­cal Mo­tors in the PBA D-League ear­lier this year, was near tears when this writer spoke to him, a few mo­ments af­ter he got se­lected.

“I’m al­most go­ing to cry,” said Tallo, the ner­vous­ness mixed with joy pal­pa­ble in his voice.

“I re­ally be­lieved I was go­ing to get picked in the se­cond or third round. But to get picked in the first round? I didn’t see that com­ing,” Tallo added.

Fi­nally com­pos­ing him­self, Tallo ex­plained that the rea­son why he was so emo­tional was be­cause the day’s de­vel­op­ment was a dream come true for him.

From his days lead­ing the Cebu In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy-Uni­ver­sity to the Ce­safi ju­niors ti­tle, to his much-bal­ly­hooed trans­fers from Ate­neo to La Salle and then back to Cebu, and back to Manila for the D-League, he said he never lost sight of his dream to one day play in the PBA.

“Ever since I was a lit­tle kid, I never stopped dream­ing of mak­ing it to the PBA,” Tallo shared.

While get­ting picked was the cul­mi­na­tion of a dar­ing pur­suit of his dream, get­ting picked in the se­cond round was the cherry on top as he be­lieved he just wasn’t get­ting se­lected dur­ing that stretch.

“I didn’t do so well dur­ing the com­bine and no­body paid any at­ten­tion to me there. I was just one of the many. All of them were talk­ing about (Kiefer) Ravena and (Jeron) Teng and all those fa­mous play­ers,” added Tallo.

Tallo is set to join a Talk N Text guard ro­ta­tion led by vet­eran Jayson Cas­tro and fel­low Ce­buano and re­cently-awarded Rookie of the Year, Roger Po­goy. Tallo vowed to just learn as much as he can the mo­ment he joins the squad.

Upon learn­ing of Tallo’s se­lec­tion, Po­goy ex­pressed his ex­cite­ment with hav­ing the spunky Ce­buano on his team.

“I’m very happy and ex­cited be­cause we’re both from Cebu. I know him very well,” said the Tal­isay City prod­uct.

For­mer Cebu Eastern Col­lege stud Ray­mar Jose got picked third in the first round by Black­wa­ter Elite while ex-Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Philip­pines Foun­da­tion cen­ter Jo­mari Sol­lano got picked sev­enth in the se­cond round by Rain or Shine. Picked 10th in the same round by Talk N Text was for­mer SWUPhinma guard Mon­bert Arong.

For­mer Uni­ver­sity of the Visayas wing­man Elmer Mykiel Cabahug was se­lected by Barangay Gine­bra in the third round while an­other SWU-Phinma prod­uct, Joseph Na­los, was tapped in the fourth round by San Miguel.

PBA IM­AGES

Mac­mac Tallo (sixth from left) is joined by some mem­bers of the TNT KaTropa team af­ter be­ing se­lected 10th in the first round yes­ter­day at Robin­sons Place Manila. With him is fel­low Ce­buano RR Po­goy (fourth from left).

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