Dandan hopes breakthrough win is the start of proper rebuild for Kia
Paul Lintag on Jan 20, 2018 08:18 PM
"This will go a long way in our rebuilding or our ball club," --- Ricky Dandan.
The PBA press room is always a favorite for head coaches.
For one, if you're in there, it means that your team just won a game.
And for Kia's Ricky Dandan, his first visit to the press room this season was a big one as the Picanto bravely fought off Rain or Shine to score a 98-94 win in the 2018 Philippine Cup Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Before the Rain or Shine contest, Kia had lost 16 straight games dating back to last season's Commissioner's Cup, the third-longest losing skid in PBA history.
And so for Dandan, elevated to become a head coach after Chris Gavina quit earlier this season, paying a visit to the press room is a welcome sight.
"Finally nasa press room ako hindi nasa corridor," Dandan said during his winning post-game talk.
"I'm relieved more than tired. I'm more relieved than anything else. We finally broke that [losing streak]," he added.
Drawing heavy criticism over their unconvetional ways magnified during the past offseason, Kia's always going to be on a tough climb in the PBA.
For Dandan, this breakthrough victory is a nice forst step to hopefully repair the franchise's torn image.
"This will go a long way in our rebuilding or our ball club," he said.
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