Mahindra breaks through NLEX for first win
Paul Lintag on Mar 24, 2017 06:59 PM
Another big outing for James White and the great thing is this time, it came with a Mahindra win.
Mahindra failed to close out defending champion Rain or Shine the last time out, the Floodbuster didn't have that same problem this time around.
Building a good enough lead, the Floodbuster were able to keep frustrating the NLEX Road Warriors in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup, winning their Friday clash, 89-81, at the Big Dome.
After taking a lead as high as 15 points, Mahindra was alble to hold on during a dragging homestretch to pick up its first win of the mid-season conference.
The Floodbuster joined the winner's circle in the Commissioner's Cup with a 1-2 record and dropped NLEX to 0-3, the worst start to a conference by coach Yeng Guiao since the 2009 Philippine Cup.
"Extremely gritty win tonight. Moving past our previous mistakes, I think we did a great job of really going to our strengths," top deputy Chris Gavina said of his team's big victory.
After two defeats, James White took over for Mahindra, going for 30 points and 23 rebounds to snap a personal seven-game PBA losing skid dating back to last season's Governors' Cup.
No other Floodbuster scored in double figures but locals Ryan Arana, Reden Celda, Gary David, and LA Revilla did scored nine points each.
As for NLEX, whose struggles this season continue, Wayne Chism was the high man with 28 points and 21 rebounds. Jansen Rios added 15 for the Road
After a nice start to the game by NLEX, Mahindra took over with White leading the charge.
By halftime, with their young import already up to 20 points and 15 rebounds, the Floodbuster have opened up a 10-point lead, 44-34, following an 8-0 run.
MAHINDRA 89 - White 30, Revilla 9, Celda 9, David 9, Arana 9, Mallari 7, Yee 5, Paniamogan 3, Galanza 3, Deutchman 2, Apinan 2, Salva 1, Ballesteros 0.
NLEX 81 - Chism 28, Rios 15, Camson 8, Soyud 7, Lnete 6, Alas 5, Taulava 4, Lastimosa 2, Tiongson 2, Guinto 2, Khobuntin 2, Baracael 0, Monfort 0, J. Villanueva 0.
Quarterscores: 24-18, 44-34, 68-62, 89-81.
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