LA Revilla and Aldrech Ramos led Mahindra to a 102-96 win over back-to-back Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna on Saturday.
Revilla notched 15 of his 19 points in the second half plus six rebounds and four assists, while Ramos posted 19 of his 26 points in the first half in addition to eight rebounds and six treys.
“It is a very tough game for us coming from a loss [against Blackwater],” said assistant coach Chito Victolero during the post-game interview. “We just need that mental toughness in the end and my players stepped up especially [Niño] Canaleta in the fourth quarter.”
“Again, we need to be consistent that’s what I’ve been telling them. The little things, boxing out, rebounds, and extra pass. I am proud of my players that they did a good job especially on defense. I told them don’t think of San Miguel Beer’s hangover. We must focus on our plays,” he added.
Niño “KG” Canaleta posted 15 points, including a back-to-back crucial three-pointers in the fourth period while import August Gilchrist notched a similar 15 points in addition to 13 rebounds and two blocks. Guard Karl Dehesa contributed 10 points and five assists while rookie Bradwyn Guinto also had nine points for the Enforcers.
Mahindra, with the victory, has improved its win-loss record to 2-1. The Enforcers registered more three-pointers (12-10) and rebounds (49-42) than the Beermen.
The 6’8 import Tyler Wilker¬son, in his first game this conference, led San Miguel Beer with 29 points and 12 rebounds.
The Beermen were fresh from a three-week break after winning the Philippine Cup against Alaska.
San Miguel Beer’s Ramos scored 19 points in first half while Gilchrist contributed 11 points to let the Enforcers enjoy a 51-45 halftime advantage.
The Beermen started the third period with intensity narrowing the gap to only 50-51 through the three-point shot of Arwind Santos and two baskets of Lassiter but the Enforcers managed to regain the lead immediately.
The 5’7 point guard Revilla led Mahindra’s charge in the middle of third period highlighted by a jumper by his teammate Ramos. The Enforcers were ahead 74-69 going into the final quarter. Mahindra did not relent to finally seal their victory in the final canto.
In the second game, Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) banked on a strong fourth quarter to beat the Star Hotshots 106-99.
Rookie Garvo Lanete posted a career-high 21 points while import Al Thornton had 35 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Road Warriors.
Veteran Paul Asi Taulava contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds while Jonas Villanueva and Kevin Alas contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively, also for NLEX.
NLEX’s win-loss record has improved 2-1 after the victory.
Import Denzel Bowles led the Star Hot¬shots with 30 points and 17 rebounds.