James White’s prolific scoring allowed Mahindra to drive past GlobalPort with a 108-98 win in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Governors’ Cup on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
White notched 12 of his 28 points total in the final quarter in addition to 20 rebounds and four blocks. Big man Aldrech Ramos contributed 16 points to the Enforcers’ second straight victory.
“I’m thankful to God about this game. GlobalPort made runs and we countered those with our defense,” White told The Manila Times.
This is the first time that Mahindra notched a back-to-back win—its best start since joining the league in 2014.
“We withstood a very strong GlobalPort team. GlobalPort is thin right now they have a lot on their injured list,” said Mahindra assistant coach Chris Gavina.
“We played with great heart today. Coaching staff is instrumental in the development of our team. Our culture is just to stay humble, stay hungry, and be consistent in what we do. [Stanley] Pringle is such an amazing talent.”
“James White is just scratching the bottom of the barrel right now, he doesn’t realize how good he can be. He’s just starting to realize he can do it. The thing I did expect —that we come to this conference prepared enough to compete.”
Playmaker LA Revilla posted 11 points, Paolo Taha 10 points while Keith Agovida eight also for the Enforcers.
Mahindra beat GlobalPort in the rebound department (50-32) and tallied more block shots (8-1).
After a 20-all deadlock in the first period, the battle heats up in the second quarter en route to Mahindra establishing a slim 45-43 advantage at halftime behind White’s 12 points and 12 rebounds.
White’s counterpart Dominique Sutton only had six points, five rebounds and five assists in the first half.
Mahindra’s playmaker Nards Pinto, who finished with eight points and six assists, gave the Enforcers their biggest lead—61-52—at the start of the third period. But GlobalPort responded quickly with a 10-0 run narrowing the gap to just one point, 69-70, after the third quarter.
Sutton, who led GlobalPort with 34 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and three steals, allowed the Batang Pier to grab the lead, 71-70, at the start of the fourth quarter.
The Enforcers came back stronger in the last eight minutes to seal the win.
In the second game, Talk ‘N Text escaped Rain or Shine with a slim, come-from-behind 101-98 victory.
Jayson Castro finished with 19 points for the Tropang Texters while import Dior Lowhorn led Rain or Shine with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Rain or Shine is yet to post a win after its first loss this season.