WHY MAC TALLO? TNT head coach ex­plains de­ci­sion to pick Ce­buano guard in re­cent PBA Draft

Cebu Daily News - - SPORTS - by Jonas Rey N. Pane­rio COR­RE­SPON­DENT

TNT’s search for a vi­able back-up to star guard Jayson Cas­tro led them to select Ce­buano hot­shot Mac­mac Tallo in the first round of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft last Sun­day at Robin­sons Place Manila.

Sur­pris­ing many, TNT head coach Nash Racela tapped the for­mer South­west­ern Univer­sity-Phinma guard ahead of more well-known guards Dan Sara of San Beda and Thomas Tor­res of La Salle.

In a talk, Racela ex­plained that with Cas­tro al­ready past his 30s, the search is on for some­one to back him up or play off him.

“We are con­tin­u­ously look­ing for a guard that will sup­port Jayson Cas­tro and hope­fully also play with him. The search has been con­tin­u­ous and thus, we picked Mark Tallo,” said Racela, whose ros­ter also has guards RR Gar­cia, Ryan Reyes and Rudy Ling­ganay.

Racela ad­mit­ted be­ing fa­mil­iar with Tallo’s ca­reer down south and rec­og­nized the tremen­dous po­ten­tial the 22year-old has.

“We fol­lowed his ca­reer in Cebu and we see a lot of po­ten­tial in him,” Racela added. “He’s a big guard who is tough and has a high bas­ket­ball IQ for his po­si­tion.”

In­ter­est­ingly, Tallo’s fa­ther, Mark Tallo, once played for Pepsi, which even­tu­ally be­came Mo­bi­line, the pre­cur­sor of the cur­rent TNT KaTropa squad.


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