From Grade 1 now onto Grade 12, Tagala always improving

From Grade 1 now onto Grade 12, Tagala always improving
FULL SPEED AHEAD. Josh Tagala worked and worked and worked until he became the promising talent he is today.

The Most Improved Player is awarded to the player who made the biggest leap from one year to the next.

In the NCAA Juniors, it was San Beda High School’s Josh Tagala who made the biggest leap from one year to the next.

Already with respectable per game counts of 7.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, and two assists in 2015, he stuffed the stat sheet with averages of 10.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.5 steals in 2016. There was none more deserving of the award.

While that was his biggest leap to date, the now 18-year-old said that continued development has always been the one constant in his young career. As he put it, “Every practice, every game, I strive na mag-improve. Basketball is all about improvement so ‘di talaga ako dapat mag-stop.”

Born and bred in Taytay, Tagala has been enrolled in San Beda’s Rizal campus since Grade 1.

It wasn’t until Grade 3, however, that he donned the red and white. “Nung Grade 3, nakita nila ako kasi ako yung pinakamatangkad sa lahat ng Grade 3,” he shared.

Without a doubt, standing five-foot-six at that age, he caught the eye of coaches. Since then, however, he only grew six more inches to now stand at six-foot flat.

Still, that didn’t stop the versatile forward from improving – slowly, but steadily.

Never the biggest – not after his Grade 3 days, at least – and never the fastest, Tagala worked and worked and worked in rounding out his game. “Nung una, kinuha ako for Team D. Then napunta ako sa Team C,” he said.

The work paid off and in his first year in high school, he made Team B for the dynastic Red Cubs. That was far from the end of it for him, however, and he just kept working until making Team A.

All of that, thanks to the also continued support of San Beda. “From sina coach JB (Sison) to mga teammates, lagi nila akong ine-encourage,” the Taytay native expressed.

More importantly, Tagala said he couldn’t have done anything without the continued support of his family. “Palagi rin po nila akong pinapaalala na ito yung future ko, ito yung dahilan bakit ako nakakapag-aral ngayon,” he said.

And though he has already been recognized as Most Improved Player, San Beda’s do-it-all player says his improving is far from over. “Kailangan ko pa pong galingan yung shooting and driving ko. Palagi nga akong nasisigawan ng coaches kung bakit ayaw kong itira (kung bukas sa labas),” he said.

He then continued, “Pero yun nga po, kung gusto ko mag-college, kailangan kong ayusin pa yun.”

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