Confidence from teammates boosts Mo Charlo in PBA debut

After leading Rain or Shine to a huge comeback win in his PBA debut, new import Mo Charlo said he wants to leave a lasting impression, which could hopefully lead to finishing his career in Asia’s first professional basketball league.

Listed officially at 6-foot-5 & 15/16, Charlo played bigger than his size after finishing the game with 35 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists as the Elasto Painters frustrated the favored San Miguel Beermen, 108-105 in their Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup match Friday night.

Charlo, who had to endure a 26-hour flight after coming off a stint in Uruguay, shot a red-hot 6-of-8 clip from the 3-point line, while holding San Miguel’s high-scoring import Tyler Wilkerson to just 12 points in the 2nd half.

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The 32-year-old Charlo, though, refused to take sole credit for Rain or Shine’s 1st back-to-back wins this conference.

“We played together. Everybody trusted me and from the start they believed in me,” Charlo said.

“They gave me the confidence just to play my game and shoot when I get an open shot. And that just gives me the confidence as we share the ball,” he added.

Charlo, who had NBA D-League stints with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, the Colorado 14ers and Reno Bighorns, is coming off an impressive stint with the Club Trouville Montevideo in Uruguay this season.

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Rain or Shine currently is at a 5-way logjam in the middle of the standings at 3-3, along with Mahindra, Blackwater, Barangay Ginebra and NLEX.

The Elasto Painters return to action next Wednesday when they collide with the Enforcers at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. — By Richard Dy

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