The Philippine Arena might as well be Mahindra's home court

Paul Lintag on Dec 25, 2016 07:12 PM
The Philippine Arena might as well be Mahindra's home court
Two years ago during the opening of the PBA's 40th season, the then Kia Sorento, with playing-coach Manny Pacquiao in uniform, won their first-ever game by blasting fellow newcomer Blackwater. By Christmas of 2016, the renamed Mahindra Floodbuster did again, against the same opponents no less.

The massive Philippine Arena might as well be Mahindra's home court.

Only in its third season, the young franchise has been to every PBA playdate at the Iglesia ni Cristo-owned arena and has come away with victories each time.

Two years ago during the opening of the PBA's 40th season, the then Kia Sorento, with playing-coach Manny Pacquiao in uniform, won their first-ever game by blasting fellow newcomer Blackwater.

The Sorento rode a strong third-quarter push to score an 80-66 win in October of 2014. By Christmas of 2016, the renamed Mahindra Floodbuster did again, against the same opponents no less.

Down 15 in the fourth period, the Floodbuster used a strong late push to tie the game and eventually steal the win in overtime, winning their first game of the 42nd season.

With lady luck obviously on the side of Mahindra at the Philippine Arena, the team most definitely wants to play there as much as they can.

Too bad it's impossible since it's a little far from Metro Manila, but still.

"I wish we could play here every week," top deputy Chris Gavina said.

"If the PBA can schedule more games here, we're lucky over here. I'll play here any day as long a we win," he added.

About Blackwater though... maybe not anytime soon.

 

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