Former Pirate Taladua now making waves with Letran

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 18, 2017 07:20 PM
Former Pirate Taladua now making waves with Letran
DEFENSIVE SPECIALIST. Jeremiah Taladua's and his defensive intensity have found their home in defensive-minded Letran.

Defeated in heartbreaking fashion the last time around, Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s poor play continued in the first quarter on Tuesday.

The Knights stumbled out the gates and found themselves by 10, 3-13, after four minutes and still by 17, 9-26, late in the first quarter. “Bad start talaga,” head coach Jeff Napa expressed afterward.

That was until Jeremiah Taladua came out of nowhere to start the fightback that eventually ended as an 83-80 win.

In the end, the transferee from Lyceum of the Philippines University scored all of his 12 points in the second quarter surge that brought his team back.

While he had a scoring outburst, Taladua said it was still defense that caused the big boost he gave Letran. “First quarter kasi, medyo malamya kami sa defense kaya yung first group namin, ‘di rin nakakagawa sa offense. Kaya nung pinasok ako ni coach, inisip ko lang, depensa talaga,” he said.

He then continued, “Yung mindset ko, depensa lang talaga para ma-stop namin yung kalaban.”

That, the Knights did as they outscored their opponents, 46-26, in the middle periods. “Ganun naman talaga yung sistema namin e. Tiyatiyagain lang namin talaga lahat,” he expressed.

Sparingly used when he was with the Pirates two years ago, the musclebound swingman has found his role and is fulfilling it to the best of his abilities for another Intramuros-based squad. “Binigyan ako nila coach Jeff [Napa] ng confidence kaya gagawin ko lahat para makatulong sa team,” he said.

And now he is a true-blue Knight, Taladua had one guarantee: “Malaking bagay para sa akin na makalaro para sa Letran kasi kilalang-kilala na yan. Kaya kahit anong mangyari, lalaban at lalaban ako para sa Letran.”

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