Cebu Daily News - - SPORTS - by Jonas Rey Pane­rio

Mac­mac Tallo just might be get­ting the shot that he is look­ing for after he was signed by the NLEX Road War­riors to shore up its de­pleted back­court.

Picked ninth in this year’s PBA Draft by Talk N Text KaTropa, Tallo found him­self buried at the end of the bench in a loaded back­court led by high­scor­ing guards Jayson Cas­tro and the newly ac­quired Ter­rence Romeo. With RR Gar­cia, Jeri­cho Cruz and Ryan Reyes also in that same back­court, Tallo got rel­e­gated to the re­serve list in the on­go­ing Com­mis­sioner’s Cup.

Tallo dis­closed that last week, he got a call from TnT team man­ager Vir­gil Villav­i­cen­cio, telling him to re­port to the NLEX camp that was keen on giv­ing him a look in the wake of the knee in­jury suf­fered by Kevin Alas and the re­cent 18-month sus­pen­sion of rookie star, Kiefer Ravena.

Tallo re­layed that the try­out went well and he was promptly signed by NLEX on Wed­nes­day. The 6-foot-1 guard was prac­ti­cally gush­ing when he talked about the op­por­tu­nity be­fore him.

“Nung nasa TNT palang ako , I’ve been wait­ing months para mak­a­ba­lik ako sa lineup. I’ve been work­ing hard! Tiyaga at pasen­sya ta­laga ang sinacri­fice ko. Kaya nung nala­man ko na NLEX na pala ako pinagpa- prac­tice, so­brang saya ko kasi parang ito na yung chance or op­por­tu­nity na pinag­darasal ko,” said the son of one­time PBA guard, Mark Tallo.

The fact that he is go­ing to be play­ing for fiery coach Yeng Guiao was not lost on the young­ster. How­ever, Tallo was not the least bit fazed by Guiao’s rep­u­ta­tion.

“Ac­tu­ally hindi. Kasi naka­punta ako sa ki­naka­roo­nan ko sa tibay ng loob ko. Ta­pos kung sisi­gawan ako or mu­mu­rahin, I’ll fal­ter lang?”

Tallo also vowed to make the most of what­ever min­utes he will earn on the floor.

“I may not be as tal­ented as Kiefer and Kevin pero I work as hard as them. I’m not a scorer. I’m more of a dis­trib­u­tor pero don’t get me wrong. If I’m open, I’m not go­ing to hes­i­tate to shoot that ball,” Tallo said.

The prod­uct of South­west­ern Univer­sity-Phinma also bared that the brief time he spent play­ing against Romeo has done won­ders for his de­fense.

“Play­ing one on one every day against TR, kaya kung hindi pa ako magi­im­prove dun, ewan ko nalang,” Tallo said with a hearty laugh.

Mac Tallo was picked 10th by TNT in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tris­tan Ta­mayo/

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