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Paulasi Taulava back in action! - Jul 29, 2005

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Asi Taulava

Paulasi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) is back on basketball courts after nine monthes of suspension. He played in the Philippines Basketball Association Finals and he's now playing with the Philippines squad in the Jones Cup In Taiwan.


In June, The Court of Appeal"s ruled that “Taulava’s natural-born citizenship was already recognized by the BI’s Board of Commissioners, which enjoys the presumption of regularity in the performance of their duties.”. This decision cleared Taulava's situation, he's both Tongan and Filipino like he's saying since October 2004. The PBA commissioner waited three more weeks to lift the suspension and allow Taulava to play in the PBA Finals.
I’ll just look at the bright side and start something good again,” said Taulava, as he prepared for his team Game 1 of the PBA Finals against San Miguel. The match was his first game since the league suspended him on October 19 last year along with five other foreign-born players for failing to complete his Filipino citizenship papers. “I called my wife and told her that I’ll be playing again. She hung up the phone because she did not want to believe also. I picked her up and we had dinner,” he said.
Unfortunatly Taulava was not at his best and couldn't prevent his team to lose the serie 1-4 in the Finals, he averaged 9.0pts 50.0%FG 6.2rbs in 24min in the 5 games.
Just a couple of days after the PBA Finals ended, he was called to join the Philippines team for the Jones Cup in Taiwan. He started slowly in his first game scoring only 4pts against Quatar, but he's getting better and better and posted 29pts 11/11FG 6rbs and 4ast against India in his fourth game. We'd post a recap of his game there at the end of this tournament.
After nine monthes without basketball, Paulasi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) is starting a new career, we wish him the best of luck.


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