With the disappointing five-game losing streak finally snapped, the Mahindra Floodbusters aspire to continue its year-end end luck this 2017 when they come back to action against Meralco Bolts in today’s first game of OPPO-PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
After earning a hard-fought win against Blackwater Elite last December 25, the 1-5 Floodbusters’s morale is high compared to its counterpart Meralco which is currently in a four-game slump. In a game where Mahindra was able to gut it out, Alex Mallari ascended the most after dropping 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists while his teammate Ryan Araña stamped his class too with a 19-point and 6-board performance in a 97-93 squeaker in overtime versus the Elite.
he two guards, which Mahindra acquired in the season break, should continue to play their A-game to prolong their winning run and beat the struggling Bolts who can be dangerous anytime behind Chris Newsome, Cliff Hodge, and Reynel Hugnatan. Meralco, meanwhile, is just half-a-game better than their cellar-dwelling opponent after losing their five games in seven outings. But the last conference’s bridesmaids showed semblance of hope especially in their last game opposite
GlobalPort after coming back from 16 points down before falling short in the end game, 97-89. The good news for coach Norman Black’s squad is that they will have additional weapon that they can rely to in rookie Jonathan Grey, who made the most impact in their last game with his 18 points and 6 rebounds.