Highlights: Mahindra Surpassed Phoenix in Tough OT Win

The Mahindra Floodbusters still have a chance in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals, thanks to a hard-earned 122-121 overtime win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The outstanding play of LA Revilla who tallied 26 points, including shots that sent the game to extra period, to go along with 4 boards, 5 assists and 2 steals helped Mahindra big time to stunned Phoenix in overtime thriller.
He delivered points when Mahindra needed it the most, scoring the team’s last seven points in the fourth quarter to tie it at 116-all and extend the match.
Reden Celda also aimed for the win as he scored 25 excellent points, four boards and three steals in the match. It was him who gave the lead to Mahindra at 121-120 in the overtime after he courageously made a floater shot in the last few ticks in the clock against McKay.
Phoenix would have a chance to regain the lead but Matthew Wright couldn’t convert a point as he missed a potential game-changing 3-point shot.
McKay scored 18 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Phoenix (4-6) which is currently hanging on to the No.8 spot.
The win was a huge boost to the playoff hopes for 10th-place Mahindra (3-7) which they can still enter to the top eight by winning its remaining match against Ginebra.


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PBA Highlights: Mahindra Floodbuster stuns Blackwater Elite with 96-87 Victory

Floodbuster ruled the first show after they notched a win against the Elite troops with Reden Celda and Keith Wright scoring double digits in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
At the start of the game, Revilla lost his cool and got mad at Sena after their battle for the loose ball. It was the Blackwater who prevailed in the first quarter at 26-25.
With 2 minutes left in the clock, Blackwater had the lead at 48-41. But Celda managed to heat up and tied the first half at 48 all.
Both teams exchanged leads at the start of second half. But Blackwater regained their lead with 2 points better than Mahindra and end the quarter, 70-68.
Paniamogan and Khobuntin both scored on breakaways and contributed to Mahindra’s biggest lead in the last quarter and pulled off the win shortly afterwards.
Reden Celda ended the game with 18points, 4rebounds and 4assits. Keith Wright also led the team to victory with 16points and 16rebounds.

The scores:

MAHINDRA 96 – Celda 18, Wright 16, Khobuntin 15, Camson 9, Paniamogan 8, Corpuz 8, Caperal 6, Revilla 4, Ballesteros 4, Teng 3, Yee 3, Salva 2, Elorde 0.

BLACKWATER 87 – Smith 29, Canaleta 11, Pascual 11, Digregorio 9, Cruz 9, Sena 7, Sumang 4, Gamalinda 4, Aguilar 2, Banal 1, Buenafe 0, Pinto 0.

Quarterscores: 25-26, 48-48, 68-70, 96-87.

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Powcast Vlog: Mahindra Almost but not Quite Defeating Talk N Text

On the day of the Manila Clasico game, PBA fans were treated to a sumptuous appetizer between struggling Mahindra and Steady TNT. 
Powcast was present and saw first hand how the teams went back and forth in a match up that could change the momentum of the conference. 
Mahindra put up a good fight but fell short in the end. 
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Star Continues to Shine, Defeats Mahindra But Tony Mitchell Still Not Happy

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Tony Mitchell Slam dunk

Star is having a great start in the 2017 Commissioners Cup as they beat Mahindra who now falls to 1 win with 4 losses. Star now shares the league leader honor with Alaska Aces after their win today.
Star is enjoying a 4 game winning streak and was just getting the production they need from the players. Star had 49 bench points production against Mahindra who only got a 22 point boost from the reserves. Star also got 12 team steals compared to Mahindra who only got 4.
Tony Mitchel was the man of the hour and was contributing from both ends of the floor scoring 19 points, grabbing 15 rebounds and blocking 6 shots. It was a great overall performance by the import.
Tony Mitchell however, doesn’t feel the same way. After the game, he was interviewed and was asked about his performance.

Honestly, that wasn’t really our best game, that wasn’t a good performance for all of us. But we are happy about the win. But other than that, we just got to work hard and keep getting better.  – Tony Mitchell

The scores:

STAR 97 – Mitchell 19, Jalalon 14, Ramos 12, Simon 11, Lee 11, Barroca 11, Maliksi 9, Sangalang 4, Reavis 4, Brondial 2, Dela Rosa 0, Mendoza 0.

MAHINDRA 83 – Mallari 24, Wright 17, Paniamogan 9, Celda 9, Ballesteros 7, David 5, Revilla 4, Elorde 3, Galanza 3, Guevarra 2, Caperal 0, Deutchman 0, Yee 0, Salva 0.

Quarters: 22-18, 43-30, 70-53, 97-83

Video: James White Powered Mahindra Flattens NLEX

James White with 30 points and 23 rebounds leads Mahindra to it’s first win of the young 2017 Commissioners Cup Conference.  NLEX and Mahindra were both winless coming in to the game which means one of the two teams tonight will definitely make it to the win column.
Coach Guiao and the NLEX Road Warriors kept within striking distance but was unable to catch up.
The scores:
MAHINDRA 89 – White 30, Revilla 9, Celda 9, David 9, Arana 9, Mallari 7, Yee 5, Paniamogan 3, Galanza 3, Deutchman 2, Apinan 2, Salva 1, Ballesteros 0.
NLEX 81 – Chism 28, Rios 15, Camson 8, Soyud 7, Lnete 6, Alas 5, Taulava 4, Lastimosa 2, Tiongson 2, Guinto 2, Khobuntin 2, Baracael 0, Monfort 0, J. Villanueva 0.
Quarterscores: 24-18, 44-34, 68-62, 89-81

Mahindra Broken Down by Rain or Shine, Plus Jay Washington’s Milestone

Another tight ball game in the PBA.
Once again four quarters were not enough to settle the difference between Elasto Painters and Floodbusters. The game was close from the get go as both teams tried to establish an early rhythm.
Both imports led the charge of their respective teams but Taggart came out big when it was needed the most. Belga, Yap and Chan all scored in double figures while Gary David led the charge for Mahindra exploding in the fourth quarter.
Rain or Shine edged Mahindra in 3 critical areas: Rebound, Points in the Paint and Bench Points.
Sidenote: Jay Washington became the  83rd member of the 5,000-point club and the first-ever E-Painter to join the list.

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 99 – Taggart 29, Belga 12, Yap 12, Chan 10, Almazan 9, Ahanmisi 8, Washington 6, Ponferada 5, Tiu 5, Cruz 2, Norwood 1, Tolomia 0, Trollano 0.

MAHINDRA 95 – White 29, David 13, Galanza 10, Celda 10, Deutchman 9, Paniamogan 8, Mallari 6, Caperal 4, Revilla 3, Guevarra 2, Salva 1, Teng 0, Yee 0, Arana 0, Salva 0, Ballesteros 0.

Quarterscores: 22-24, 45-43, 68-66, 88-88, 99-95.

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Phoenix Wheeling and Dealing Acquires Jazul and Eriobu From Separate Trades

The 2017 PBA Philippine Cup is not yet over but eliminated PBA teams are starting to reshuffle their lineups.
The Phoenix Fuel Masters have acquired rookie forward Joseph Eriobu for center Prince Caperal. Eriobu averages 6.6 points and 3.7 rebounds in just 17 minutes of action.
Meanwhile, Caperal averages career-best 5.9 points and 6.4 rebounds in 19 minutes of action per game. The former Arellano Chief is expected to provide the Floodbusters an inside presence who lost rookie Russell Escoto to injury.
Later on the day, the Fuel Masters also shipped Simon Enciso to the Alaska Aces for veteran guard RJ Jazul.
The Aces added youth and athleticism with vastly-improved Simon Enciso who is averaging 12.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 33 minutes per game.
Jazul, on the other hand, played a vital part in Alaska Aces campaign through the years, winning the 2013 commissioners cup with the Aces. The 30-year old guard is averaging 9.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3 assists per game this Philippine Cup. He is expected to provide the Fuel Masters a veteran presence and outside scoring.

SMB’s June Mar Fajardo’s Monster Game Put Winless Mahindra further down the Abyss

SMB's June Mar Fajardo's Monster Game Put Win-less Mahindra further down the Abyss

Christmas came early for the Beermen as they got lucky to have escaped the desperate Mahindra Floodbusters Team. Mahindra is now 0-4.

Alex Mallari who had the game high for Mahindra with 21 points almost put the game into overtime but fell short and Mahindra had to suffer another heart crunching loss to the Beerman lead by the current MVP JunMar Fajardo.

The scores:

SAN MIGUEL 94 – Fajardo 28, Santos 18, Cabagnot 15, Tubid 10, Garcia 9, Lassiter 8, Ross 4, Espinas 2, Agovida 0, Reyes 0, McCarthy 0, De Ocampo 0.

MAHINDRA 91 – Mallari 21, Eriobu 17, Revilla 15, Escoto 10, Yee 8, Ballesteros 5, Digregorio 3, Guevarra 3, Teng 3, Paniamogan 2, Salva 2, Arana 2, Celda 0, Webb 0.

Quarterscores: 26-15, 47-49, 71-66, 94-91

Best Player : June Mar Fajardo with 28 points and 15 rebounds 

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Ginebra sent Villamor and Bonifacio to Mahindra for Paolo Taha in a trade.

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After a rumored transfer of Paolo Taha of Mahindra Floodbusters to Ginebra, it finally came to reality as Ginebra sent rarely used forwards Dennice  Villamor and Frank Bonifacio to Mahindra to acquire the service of the said key player Paolo Taha.

In a loaded backcourt roster of Ginebra, Paolo Taha will be one of the point guards that Ginebra will utilize in the PBA’s All Filipino Cup starting this November 20. It is expected that all the drafted rookies of Ginebra who are all big men will be signed to fill the spot of Greg Slaughter who will be out for approximately two conferences and the spot of their promising import Justin Brownlee who is also expected to be in service for Ginebra in the last two reinforcement conferences.

Dramatic trades have been approved across all teams but we are yet to confirm if there will be more movements coordinated within the PBA teams but we will surely expect more player exchanges up to the last minute before the new season commences as each ball clubs try to strengthen their line up and deepen their bench back ups in this upcoming Philippine Cup.