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The undrafted new comer in the Mahindra camp surprised everyone with his perfect shooting night.
Making 8 out of 8 attempts and went perfect from the three point country.
Gavina said that Paniamogan is one the guys who spends more time in practice trying to practice his shooting even after the scrimmages and play making. This 2014 undrafted stand out who got a chance to join the young franchise has proved his coach that the confidence in him will someday pay off and this night agains the Bolts is that night.
Paniamogan expressed his overflowing gratitude to the Mahindra management for their trust and confidence on him after some frustrating years not being able to play in the PBA and spent those years in the PBA D-league with the Global Port. This guy found his home and his teammates believes in him that he will be able to continue to show this kind of performance as this game will server as a head star for him to help out the Mahindra Floodbuster to get their first ever Finals appearance in the History of the PBA and their Franchise.
MAHINDRA 105 – Paniamogan 25, Mallari 13, Deutchman 13, Salva 13, Digregorio 11, Escoto 10, Yee 8, Elorde 4, Ballesteros 3, Arana 3, Revilla 2, Celda 0, Nimes 0, Eriobu 0, Teng 0.
MERALCO 92 – Hugnatan 28, Newsome 19, Amer 12, Faundo 9, Uyloan 8, Daquioag 6, Grey 3, Caram 2, Chua 2, Nabong 2, Hodge 1, Buenafe 0.
Quarterscores: 25-24, 52-42, 73-64, 105-92
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With the depth of the Ginebra rotation, it is expected that the new guys to rarely get minutes especially the rookies but as for their game against the Mahindra Floodbuster, the league’s most winningest coach gave these new comers a chance to gain confidence during the late part of the pay off period with a huge lead of as much as 22 points by sharing with them the hardcourt on their way to a win.
Kevin Ferrer, who was instructed by the coaching staff to play a big role in the defensive end usually makes his shots beyond the arc based on his UAAP stint. On this game against Mahindra, he’s able to convert those outside attempts and finally gets his rhythm going. Ferrer scored 12 points with 3 rebounds, 1 assist and a block who also went turnover-less after a twenty minute exposure mostly in the last part of the fourth quarter.
Former practice player and now a Barangay Ginebra rookie , Jericho De Guzman finally got his feet on a live game inside the PBA court. This 6 foot 11 center’s name was called by Tim Cone during the last minutes of the game and luckily got an opportunity to get his first ever pro points. While Jammer Jamito who was called to play during the fourth quarter also showed his hustle and shooting skills as he scored a couple of shots from mid range in the PBA.
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After struggling in a couple of games to start their conference, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel shakes off championship hangover as they give Mahindra another painful loss, handing the floodbuster their 5th loss in the conference with 0-5 record.
Barangay Ginebra struggled to execute their offense during the first half but still managed to stay close in the game. Mahindra played with a bit of a one man per play execution with less than 10 assists to end their game which eventually translated to another loss.
Japeth Aguilar dominated the offense inside the paint and the boards while Scottie Thompson also contributed in three departments.
LA Revilla had an off night against Ginebra after scoring below average that cause them the defeat.
GINEBRA 89 – Aguilar 15, Ellis 12, Ferrer 12, Mariano 9, Taha 8, Thompson 6, Devance 6, Mercado 6, Tenorio 5, Jamito 4, Marcelo 4, De Guzman 2, Cruz 0, Caguioa 0.
MAHINDRA 70 – Yee 15, Salva 11, Celda 9, Escoto 6, Mallari 6, Elorde 5, Eriobu 4, Teng 4, Arana 3, Revilla 3, Apinan 2, Paniamogan 2, Ballesteros 0, Digregorio 0, Webb 0.
Quarterscores: 14-13, 32-27, 55-47, 89-70
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After a lot of changes in team line ups for both squads, Rain or Shine proved the league that they made the right shuffle of players.
Mahindra Floodbuster trailed with as much as 30 points in the game though gaining some momentum in trying to get back and try to inch in to close the gap with the help of Alex Mallari but Rain or Shine made sure that the take the W home.
Jericho Cruz exploded with 15 points which led them into this debut win together with the new Rain or Shine Star, James Yap who recorded 10 points along side Chris Tiu with 11 points.
Escoto, Paniamogan and Mallari were the among the players who were in double figures with 10 points a piece. Mahindra was not able to grabe the lead since the tip off but tried to get back and salvage the win.
Rain or Shine recorded an impressive 45% beyond the 3 point range making 18 out 40 attempts beyond the arc with 68 free throw percentage making 15 out of 22 charities. Jericho Cruz dominated the 3 point are getting 57.14% conversion (4 out of 7)
While Mahindra struggled converting their long range shots with only 17 percent conversion beyond the arc making only 5 of their 29 three point attempts with 42 percent made field goals. Mahindra did a good job in making shots from the foul line with 74 percent conversion but fell shortly with only 3 players listed with double figures.
Final : 105-83 in favor of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
Rain or Shine 105 – Cruz 15, Ahanmisi 14, Tiu 11, Yap 10, Belga 8, Tolomia 8, Chan 7, Almazan 6, Norwood 6, Maiquez 5, Washington 5, Trollano 4, Ibanes 3, Ponferada 3, Matias 0.
Mahindra 83 – Escoto 10, Mallari 10, Paniamogan 10, Guevarra 9, Eriobu 8, Arana 7, Yee 6, Celda 5, Nimes 4, Revila 4, Apinan 3, Deutchman 3, Salva 3, David 1, Ballesteros 0.
Quarterscores: 26-16, 61-32, 92-48, 105-83
Best Player : Jericho Cruz with 15 points, 4 assists and 4/7 3PT FGs
It was just a month ago after the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel won their first championship in eight years and the PBA already opened it’s 42nd season. Let us examine how each team did in the offseason.
Players in: Alex Mallari, Ryan Arana, Denice Villamor, Nico Salva, Josan Nimes
Players out: KG Canaleta, Aldrech Ramos, Bradwyn Guinto, Keith Agovida, Raymond Aguilar, Paolo Taha, Chito Jaime, Hyram Bagatsing, AJ Mandani, Nico Elorde
Drafted players: Joseph Eriobu, Russel Escoto, Reden Celda
The Mahindra Enforcers team who had a great performance last season specially in the governors’ cup when they made it to the playoffs for the first time, have totally rebuild this off season, trading and letting their key players walk in the free agency.
KG Caanaleta, Aldrech Ramos, Bradwyn Guinto, Keith Agovida and Paolo Taha are now all gone. L.A. Revilla is the only remaining key player for Mahindra’s run last season.
But somehow, the Floodbuster (their new monicker this season) got young and talented players that could turn to be key players for their playoff hopes. They’ve got Russel Escoto and Joseph Eriobu, two big man who can score in the paint and also shoot from the outside.
They’ve got also veteran players with championship experience in Alex Mallari, Nico Salva and Ryan Arana.
Head Coach: Manny Pacquiao
Interim Head Coach: Chris Gavina
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