Mahindra coach Chris Gavina blasted his gamers after a “disappointing” loss to San Miguel Beer despatched the Floodbuster to their sixth loss in seven video games.
Gavina felt his gamers did not put the crew ready to win leading to a 109-80 rout to the Beermen, who led by as a lot as 34 factors.
“It was disappointing considering we had three of our most efficient practices in a few weeks. Coming off a tight battle with Talk ‘N Text, we come out here with deer-in-headlights look again. The level of consistency we show as a group is just lacking,” mentioned Gavina, referring to an 89-84 loss on April 9.
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Mahindra performed minus one in every of its key gamers in Alex Mallari, who was coping with again spasms, however Gavina mentioned it was not an excuse for his crew to place up a listless efficiency.
“We go 0-for-16 from three in the first half and we don’t adjust. Yes, we didn’t have Alex in game, so that means guys got be willing enough to have a next-man-up mentality and take on some of that responsibility that he left,” he mentioned.
“I told the guys, ‘What are you going to wait for? This is your opportunity. You’re being given the opportunity at the highest level of basketball in the Philippines, and are you going to wait ‘til we’re going to look for somebody else?’” he added. “Too many of our guys think that, ‘I need to get stats right now. I can’t play my role. I can’t run the offense. If I don’t score, I won’t stay on the court.’”
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Gavina questioned his gamers’ will to win which to him, was nonexistent for the reason that opening tip.
“It goes to tell you that if you don’t give any kind of fire from the onset, then you show that kind of response to adversity, then you don’t belong in this league. It’s a man’s league and you got to man up.”
Mahindra scored the primary factors of the sport, however it was all San Miguel from there. The Floodbuster trailed by 16 on the finish of the primary quarter, 24 by halftime, and confronted a 27-point gap after three quarters.
Manny Pacquiao, who was listed as Mahindra’s playing-head coach, confirmed up for the primary time since suiting up towards Rain or Shine within the Governors’ Cup final season.
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But not even Pacquiao’s presence might get the Floodbuster out of their hunch.
“He (Pacquiao) was really stressing on the guys to attack the basket because we keep shooting threes when we’re 0-of-16 so at some point as a player I have to do something else if Im not hitting jump shots,” Gavina identified. “You gotta figure that out. We’re telling them go to the basket and look for opportunities to drive and kick and get to the foul line.”
“Like I keep telling our guys, me as a coach, I win practices but players win games. I’m not on the court. It’s up to them. When they’re on the court, they have to execute the game plan or hit big shots but we didn’t do that tonight.”
Pacquiao didn’t communicate with the media as he left straight away as the ultimate buzzer sounded, however Gavina believed the senator and boxing celebrity’s fast exit was an indication of disappointment over the crew’s play.
“I’d say so. Who wouldn’t be disappointed after this performance? We didn’t even give ourselves a fighting chance tonight. If we go out like this again on Sunday, the results might be ugly. I hope these guys are challenged. I’m not the giving up type and i’ll play with six guys if I have to as long as they show me they’re willing to fight.”
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