MANILA, Philippines – Despite a disappointing campaign in the 2016-17 PBA Philippine Cup, Mahindra coach Chris Gavina remains confident that the Floodbuster are heading in the right direction in their quest to become perennial contenders in the league.
A 91-107 loss to the Alaska Aces took Mahindra out of the running for a playoff spot in the conference as they dropped to a 2-7 win-loss record. It was also their second straight defeat after having won back-to-back games against Blackwater and Meralco.
"That's two games in a row that we played great for about three and a half quarters," said Gavina after the game.
He credited Alaska coach Alex Compton for making a crucial substitution at the start of the fourth quarter when he sent in veteran gunner Dondon Hontiveros into the game. Hontiveros fired all seven of his points in the payoff period as Alaska finally broke the game open after Mahindra earlier rallied from a 14-point third quarter deficit....
MANILA, Philippines — Jeric Teng showed promise in his debut for the Mahindra Floodbuster and the former University of Santo Tomas star vowed to continue improving as he tries to help the struggling team.
Teng spent the first three years of his PBA career with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters but struggled to get regular minutes under coach Yeng Guiao, averaging only 3.1 points in 83 games. He was not signed to an extension in the offseason, but soon found his way to Mahindra.
He played his first game for the Floodbuster on Sunday, a 94-91 loss to San Miguel Beer, scoring three points in an eight-minute stint....
David played only one game since signing with Mahindra, and has missed their last two games, including a 91-94 setback to San Miguel Beer last Sunday.
According to Mahindra coach Chris Gavina, David has a "minor meniscus tear" in his left knee and the team is considering surgery for him....
The former University of Santo Tomas star, who recently became a free agent, was already practicing with the Floodbusters, according to a report by Spin.
Mahindra is looking for an outside threat, which is why it is looking at Teng....
Mallari was traded to Mahindra from the Star Hotshots in the offseason in exchange for Aldrech Ramos. In three games so far, he has averaged 1.53 points on 44% shooting, while adding 7.67 rebounds and 1.67 assists per game, though he also commits four turnovers per contest.
Mahindra has yet to win a contest in the conference, however, having lost its first two games by an average of 22 points before settling for a 10-point loss, 104-114, to Phoenix last Sunday....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2016-2017 Philippine Cup||3||8||0.273||10th|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||6||7||0.462||5th|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||4||7||0.364||9th|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||2||9||0.182||11th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||5||6||0.455||9th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||4||7||0.364||11th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||1||10||0.091||11th|