Mahindra sent erstwhile unbeaten TNT KaTropa crashing down, 107-104, on Friday to assure itself of a quarterfinals slot at the PBA Governors’ Cup.
The Enforcers, who are having their best conference since joining the league in 2014, snapped the Texters’ winning run at six games.
Mahindra’s James White delivered 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Enforcers’ bench contributed significant numbers in the victory which moved them to second spot with a 6-2 record.
Paolo Taha had 11 points, while KG Canaleta chipped in 13. Mahindra also got 12 and 11 markers from LA Revilla and Mike DiGregorio, respectively.
Chris Gavina, deputy of playing-coach Manny Pacquiao, is glad that the system he put in place is paying dividends.
“This is definitely new ground for us, so we’re happy we just made franchise history with… six wins in a conference,” said Gavina in the PBA website.
“We’re definitely moving towards the right direction. But we’re trying to stay level-headed as possible, not to try to get too high or too low. Just stay consistent with what we do on a day-in, day-out basis and move forward from here.”
The TNT KaTropa joined the Star, defending champion San Miguel Beer, and Alaska on the list of Mahindra’s victims this conference.
It was a painful defeat for the Texters, who failed to match the Enforcers’ tempo since the third canto.
The TNT KaTRopa, however, still has lead in the conference with a 6-1 slate.
Jayson Castro had a conference-high 33 points, while import Mychal Lemar Ammons had a double-double of 20 points and 15 boards.
Mahindra 107 – White 24, Taha 15, Canaleta 13, Revilla 12, Digregorio 11, Guinto 9, Bagatsing 8, Agovida 4, Jaime 4, Ramos 4, Yee 3, Ballesteros 0, Elorde 0.
TNT KaTropa 104 – Castro 33, Ammons 20, Fonacier 13, Rosario 11, De Ocampo 9, Rosales 5, Williams 4, Reyes 3, Tautuaa 3, Madanly 2, Carey 1, Rosser 0.
Quarters: 19-23, 51-44, 78-72, 107-104