Tolomia shrugs off late miscues, says it's part of learning in the PBA
Paul Lintag on Apr 02, 2017 09:05 PM
"Learning experience sakin ito. Ito yung magpapatatag pa sa career ko." --- Mike Tolomia.
Playing his first meaningful game in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup, rookie Mike Tolomia had the chance to end up as the hero for defending champion Rain or Shine.
Enventually, it didn't turn out that way as the Elasto Painters lost a close one to Alaska Sunday night, but the rookie out of Far Eastern University and current Gilas Pilipinas cadet was ready to take the chance the was given to him.
For a while, it looked like Tolomia was going to make the most out of his limited opportunity. And it can be argued that he did despite the fact that Rain or Shine ended up losing.
Playing 13 and a half minutes, Tolomia poured all of his nine points in the wild fourth quarter, helping Rain or Shine take control late against Alaska.
But when the Aces pushed back and regained the lead, Tolomia made a near-fatal error, turning the ball in the last 23 seconds of regulation with ROS down by two points.
He got one last chance to redeem himself a little later but his final game-trying three rimmed out, allowing the Aces the walk away with the win.
Tolomia chalks it up as another lesson learned.
"Di naman," the rooke said when asked if he had any regrets.
"Part naman talaga ng game yun eh, nangyayari talaga yung mga ganung klaseng turnovers. Learning experience talaga sa akin yun na dadalhin ko pa sa susuod na games," he added.
Buried to the bench as ROS' crew of veteran guards are slowly starting to find their groove, Tolomia has adopted this mentality of being ready to step in once his number is called by head coach Caloy Garcia.
And despite this latest setback, the Gilas cadet is taking this one as a way for him to self improve.
"Di ko ine-expect na gagamitin ako pero nung tinawag ako na maglalaro, ako ready na ako," Tolomia said.
"Kailangan pa i-earn yun [minutes and trust]. Syempre kailangan ko pa ma-improve sarili ko para makapasok sa rotation. Learning experience sakin ito. Ito yung magpapatatag pa sa career ko," he added.
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