Mahindra floods Blackwater to pick up crucial victory
Paul Lintag on May 07, 2017 06:45 PM
Mahindra snaps skid to keep slim playoff hopes alive.
At this point it its Commissioner's Cup campaign, Mahindra has to be perfect if it wants to have a chance of making the playoffs.
Against Blackwater Sunday, the Floodbuster gave themselves a chance to perfect the rest of the way.
Mahindra scored a big 96-87 win over the Elite, improving to 2-7 in the mid-season joust to maintain a very small window of opportunity to crash the playoff party.
In a wild finish, Glenn Khobuntin, acquired by Mahindra in a trade with NLEX for Alex Mallari, helped anchor the Floodbuster to secure the comeback victory, outscoring Blackwater by 11 in the final period.
Wow, that's all I can really say right now. I'm short of breath. Great amazing effort from our new guys," Mahindra top deputy Chris Gavina said.
"As I've said coming into this game that our energy, we're revived and refreshed," he added.
Reden Celdra actually topscored the Floodbuster with a career-high tying 18 points, Khobuntin added 15, seven coming in the last 12 minutes.
Import Keith Wright was good for 16 points and 16 rebounds.
Blackwater, who dropped to 2-7, got 29 points, 25 rebounds, and six assists from import and new Gilas naturalization candidate Greg Smith.
However, local support was limited from the Elite as only KG Canaleta and Kyle Pascual cracked double figures, finishing with 11 points apiece.
MAH (96): Celda 18, Wright, 16, Khobuntin 15, Camson 9, Corpuz 8, Paniamogan 8, Caperal 6, Ballesteros 4, Revilla 4, Teng 3, Yee 3, Salva 2, Elorde 0.
BLA (87): Smith 29, Canaleta 11, Pascual 11, Cruz 9, Digregorio 9, Sena 7, Gamalinda 4, Sumang 4, Aguilar 2, Banal 1.
Quarterscores: 25-26, 48-48, 68-70, 96-87.
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