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Tautuaa excited to face former team as SMB takes on Standhardinger, NorthPort

by Reynald Magallon, October 23, 2019 12:46pm

Newly acquired San Miguel Beer big man Mo Tautuaa expressed excitement now that he'll be facing his former team the NorthPort Batang Pier when the two teams collide on Wednesday.

"I'm excited I haven't seen them since the trade. I'm ready to play. We had our first game, figure out how we gonna play, I'm just one piece added to a full machine out there, and you see it. San Miguel is a good team we are a good team so I got to find my spot within that system," said Tautuaa after his first game in Beermen uniform.

The Beermen acquired Tautuaa after pulling off a trade sending Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger to NorthPort. Ironically, Standhardinger will be making his debut with the Batang Pier against his former team.

Tautuaa on the other hand, had a decent night debut for the Beermen scoring 10 points in the opening quarter alone. He then relieved and hold the forth for Fajardo who was plagued by foul in the second half.

The Fil-Tongan big man though will be more eager to perform better in the game against NorthPort as he set his friendship with the Batang Pier aside.

"Just play hard. I will be a fun game. I'm gonna see my teammates but they're my friends still so it's gonna be a good game," added Tautuaa.

He also warned the Beermen of playing complacent, especially that he know what the Batang Pier are capable of.

"I know what that team is capable of so we got to come out strong and come out hard. I wanna win, that's what our team needs and that's what I'm gonna do," the 6'7" big man said.

Meanwhile, for SMB head coach Leo Austria he sees Tautuaa fitting well with the Beermen especially playing along side Fajardo.

"First time niya pumasok as a Beerman, he played really well. I think he scored 10 points in eight minutes and definitely he will help us in our chase of winning the championship. You can see it naman na he's perfect reliever for June Mar, but he's not only a reliever, he can perform well with June Mar," said the multi-titled head coach.

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