Put the pedal to the metal

Paul Lintag on Jan 19, 2017 09:38 AM
Put the pedal to the metal
"Just go back to our last two games where we succeeded. Just be aggressive." --- Alec Mallari on Mahindra's keys to win in its last three games.

With their playoff hopes fading fast, Mahindra is just out to take everything it can out of the last three games in its Philippine Cup schedule.

Losing to TNT Wednesday, the Floodbuster seem like a longshot of crashing the quarterfinals of the very first PBA conference this season.

However, that doesn't mean Mahindra has taken everything for a loss so far in its All-Filipino campaign.

“We’re still going game to game right now. We really have a nothing-to-lose-everything-to gain kind of attitude. It’s either we’re going to tank mode or we lift ourselves up from failure," top deputy Chris Gavina said.

"I’m a big fan of believing that your failures lead to your success, so we’ll build off of this," he added.

After going on a mini two-game winning streak that put life to their otherwise woeful season, the Floodbuster looked primed for an upset after taking over the KaTropa at halftime, erasing an early 10-point deficit to post a six-point lead.

Mahindra just wasn't able to sustain in the second half, leading to yet another disappointing defeat, it's sixth in eight games.

"It was a tough loss. We had the momentum for sure," forward Alex Mallari said who ended up with a game-high 19 points for the Floodbuster.

"We had the momentum going into the second half and I don't know, we took off on the gas pedal. We Weren't aggressive," he added.

Basically looking for a miracle to make the playoffs at this point, Mahindra need not look far to find recipe for success.

"At this stage for us, it's all about team basketball," Mallari said.

"Just go back to our last two games where we succeeded. Just be aggressive. If you're open, shoot it. Get some threes up. Keep assists coming. We need a lot of it. And defense as a group -- me, including everybody. So we'll get back on the drawing board and try to get another win," he added.

 

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