Asi Taulava is one proud father now that his daughter Asianna has started her collegiate career with the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons in UAAP Season 82.
Asianna, 18, has now seen action for UP for two games. The most recent match was this Saturday, in a 48-103 defeat to the University of Santo Tomas Tigresses. It dropped them to 0-2 — UP’s 32nd straight defeat in the league.
There, the 6-foot-2 center had two points — the game’s first basket — in eight minutes and 23 seconds of play.
It is understandable that Asianna is seeing limited action since she’s still in her rookie year. So the former PBA MVP only reminded Asianna to simply learn and trust the process.
“Trust the process.
“I wasn’t expecting her to make Team A. I knew it’s gonna be a long process that she has to trim down, work on her skills, but she’s coming along fast than I expected. But it’s not just gonna stop now — even if she’s in season, the training still continues. We’re pushing her, [and] that way she’s setting an example or bar on how she should play, how she should compete,” Asi said.
“It’s (college game) not easy compared to high school — it’s two different ball games,” he added. “Girls are more in shape, girls are more aggressive, physical, so she’s just gotta adjust. This is a learning experience right now, freshman year. Hopefully, she gets better as the year progresses.”
But just like Asianna, the current NLEX Road Warriors slotman is also trying to learn. Taulava currently serves as assistant coach to Lady Maroons chief strategist Paul Ramos.
And just as he has told his daughter, Asi is approaching this new endeavor with patience.
“You gotta be patient. Lucky for me, I had advanced training with my daughters, so you gotta approach the game a little bit different. It’s not like the guys where you can just scream at them,” he quipped.
“This one you gotta be, ‘Hey girls, let’s go!’ But it’s fun It’s a new dimension of basketball.”
For the former PBA Most Valuable Player, playing under many great coaches like Chot Reyes, Tab Baldwin, and Yeng Guiao – among others – means he has plenty of inspiration. And it will all help him if he chooses to venture into coaching once he hangs up his sneakers for good.
“Lucky for me, I’ve played under so many different coaches. I’m just excited to watch and study, like whose style will fit into the way if I decide to try coaching,” said Taulava, a 22-year pro.
“But right now everything is a learning process. I’m just a student, still a student learning the game.”
Espejo announces arrival in Thailand, powers Vishakha past Prince Finance
Durham vows to continue chase with Meralco: ‘They deserve one too’
Baser Amer on third loss to Ginebra: ‘This was our best chance’
Eduard Folayang sees Buist bout as perfect test
Project Ethan Kirkness commits to UP
Foton to sign Jasmine Nabor, denies tapping Bernadeth Pons
SBP eyes Sage Tolentino, more stalwarts as additions to Gilas pool
Dave Ildefonso returns home to Ateneo
Jeremiah Gray steps up on both ends, lifts Alab past Fubon in ABL
Alab Pilipinas absorb first home loss at hands of Purves’ Wolf Warriors
Roosevelt Adams picked by Columbian as top pick in PBA Regular Draft
Isaac Go goes to Columbian in PBA Draft’s special Gilas portion
- Basketball5 days ago
Juan Gomez de Liaño still undecided on UP return
- CSJL3 days ago
Michael Imperial powers EAC Generals rout of Letran to open NCAA 95 bid
- ADMU5 days ago
Ravena offers advice to Ildefonso: ‘Good luck na lang sa kanya kay Coach Tab’
- 2021 FIBA Asia Cup4 days ago
Javi GDL relieved to be part of Gilas pool after so many cuts