Filipino-Tongan Moala Tautuaa is one of the highly touted prospects this year, so it is no surprise that he is looking forward to join the big boys in the PBA once he applies for the league’s rookie draft later this year.
“I’m excited,” Tautuaa, currently playing for Cebuana Lhuiller in the PBA D-Leage, told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview. “I’m excited to be part of the PBA and turn pro.”
This early, 6-foot-8 Tautuaa is already preparing himself for the more physical battles in the PBA. He said he won’t have a hard time adjusting to that style of play.
“I play pretty physical. I see no problem with the physicality as long as it’s not dirty and as long as the referees will allow it consistently,” added Tautuaa. “A lot of times, I’ve been encountering inconsistencies when it comes to physicality. One time they will allow it, the next time, they won’t.”...
The Barako Bull beanpole has been summoned by the Office of the Commissioner to explain his side after he tried to block Gabby Espinas’ shot midway in the second quarter using his shoe during their game against San Miguel on Wednesday.
Maierhofer is expected to appear before Salud on Friday at 1 p.m....
Is it legal to block a shot using a shoe? ‘No, it’s not,’ says PBA’s Rickie Santos on move of Barako Bull’s Maierhofer
Barako Bull forward Rico Maierhofer made an unorthodox defensive play in his team’s game against San Miguel on Wednesday, contesting a shot attempt from Beerman Gabby Espinas with his shoe in his hand.
Though play was allowed to continue, PBA operations manager Rickie Santos admitted after the game that the action was definitely illegal though league officials were still planning on revisiting the rule book to see what the corresponding sanction should have been in the specific case.
“No, it’s not (legal),” Santos told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview. “Kasi, para kang dumampot ng stick nun tapos pinang-palpal mo.”...
In a bizarre sequence during the second quarter of a close game between the Energy and the San Miguel Beermen, Maierhofer lost his right shoe after making a layup but had the presence of mind to run back on the other end and make a defensive stop, using that same his shoe in his hand, to disrupt an offensive play that even led to a fastbreak for his team.
“On-going yung play hindi namin pwede i-foul yung opponent kasi penalty na so kinuha ko yung shoes ko live yung game so hawak ko yung shoes ko siyempre kapag didepensa ka gagamitin mo yung kamay mo eh nagkataon yung sapatos ko nasa kamay ko so kasama siya sa depensa,” Maierhofer recalled of his play....
The former La Salle player lost his right shoe after finishing a layup at the five minute mark of the third quarter, and had to pick it up as play continued and the Energy rushed back to defense.
Espinas got the ball at the post and slipped past behemoth import Liam McMorrow, but appeared to hesitate when Maierhofer suddenly jumped in front of him with a shoe in his hand....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||4||1||0.800|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||5||7||0.417||7th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||4||8||0.333||9th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||3||7||0.300||8th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||2||7||0.222||9th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||11||0.312||6th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||6||0.400||6th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||5||9||0.357||9th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||4||10||0.286||9th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||4||6||0.400||8th|