Expectations high on Mahindra with new core

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The Mahindra Floodbuster will have a practically new core to carry its campaign in the 2017 PBA season.

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A busy off-season saw Mahin­dra trading away its key pieces that included KG Canaleta, Aldreich Ramos, Paolo Taha, and Bradwyn Guinto. The left star guard LA Revilla and Mark Yee as the only holdover of a core that helped the team to its first post-season apperance in the PBA Governors Cup.

The series of trades caught many by surprised but coach Chris Gavina believes their new acquisitions are equally talented.

“Its my job to form a competitive team regardless of who’s here. Hopefully, we’ll be able put up a team just like what we had last conference,” Gavina said.

Mahindra’s Leo De Vera and Jason Ballesteros battle for the ball against Jared Dillinger of Meralco during a Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup game at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. RUSSELL PALMA

Mahindra’s Leo De Vera and Jason Ballesteros battle for the ball against Jared Dillinger of Meralco during a Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup game at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. RUSSELL PALMA

Veterans Alex Mallari and Ryan Arana as well as sophomore Josan Nimes should Revilla and Yee carry the lead while rookies Russel Escoto and Joseph Eriobu are expected to make an immediate impact.

Last conference, Gavina underscored his ability to coach by transforming Mahindra into a playoff contender. Expections remain high this coming season.

“We’ve got some dynamic guys in our roster now and it adds great dimension on our team,” Gavina said. “It allows you to be adventurous in the lineup, so we can see more exciting line-ups for Mahindra in the coming season.”

He added: “As long as we stay committed to our level of excellence and everybody buys in to our culture of playing together and being selfless, we’ll be highly competitive once again,” Gavina said.

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