Mahindra eyes solo second

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Mahindra will be aiming to secure the solo second spot when it collides against Barangay Ginebra today in the elimination round of Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Commissioner’s Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

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The Enforcers and the Gin Kings will clash in the 7 p.m. second game after the 4:15 p.m. opening match between back-to-back Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer and Blackwater.

The Enforcers, coming off a back-to-back wins, are currently holding a 3-1 win-loss record.

“I have to admit that Ginebra has solid players and the sizable crowd, so we really need to be more abrasive in our defense and play consistent basketball in the entire 48 minutes,” Enforcers assistant coach Chito Victolero told The Manila Times. “We really have to play tough against them.”

Mahindra, led by import Augustus Gilchrist, in the last two games beat San Miguel Beer 102-96 and Northern Luzon Expressway 106-99.

“Every game AG is improving since his first day in the practice. His shot selection is good and his defense is okay too. We are very happy because he always follows our instruction and he never complains,” added Victolero.

Besides Gilchrist, the Enforcers will rely on Mark Yee, playmaker LA Revilla, Aldrech Ramos, Nino KG Canaleta, Mike DiGregorio, Bradwyn Guinto, Chito Jaime and Karl Dehesa.

The Gin Kings, under the tutelage of grand slam coach Tim Cone, are now holding a 2-2 win-loss record.

Seven-footer Greg Slaughter, versatile Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance, Dave Marcelo, LA Tenorio, Mark Caguioa, Solomon Mercado, Chris Ellis and rookie Earl Thompson are expected to step up for Ginebra as it aims for a third straight win.

San Miguel Beer, meanwhile, shoots for second win when it faces Blackwater. After losing their first game against Mahindra, the Beermen came back strong to beat GlobalPort 120-109.

“I’m really happy of our performance last game. I’m hoping to sustain that energy and win,” said San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria.

The Elite, on the other hand, are holding a 2-2 win-loss record.

Blackwater’s young guns led by 23-year-old import Malcolm Rhett, guard Carlos Lastimosa, forward Reil Cervantes, Arthur Dela Cruz, Jeric Canada, Rafi Reyes, JP Erram, Bambam Gamalinda and veteran playmaker Mike Cortez will lead the charge against the Beermen.

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