Kia coach Gavina praises players for ‘amazing effort’ in loss to Alaska

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The Picanto were in control for the majority of the game and even held a 10-point advantage, 77-67, going to the fourth quarter.And even if Calvin Abueva imposed his presence late in the game, Kia refused to wilt as import Geron Johnson gave his all and poured 39 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists before faltering in the end game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSeeing how hard his team fought, Gavina noted that the effort the Picanto had especially their import Geron Johnson, who collected 39 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, against the Aces was a huge jump compared to how they played in their past outings.“The effort that we gave, this is a game I could take. Majority of our games, I couldn’t take it because there was no effort, there was no heart. But today, all our guys were fighting for each other,” he said. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Break new ground “At this point, all we can play for is pride and have that level of togetherness which we’re gonna use as a platform for next year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ View comments A costly, catty dispute finally settled LATEST STORIES Winning start End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Gavina had sensed the turnaround even before the game as he saw how focused his players were in practices in leading up to the duel.“Going into this game, our focus in practice, the way guys have the mental approach coming in, I knew we were gonna play well. I told my guys that you just showed against a really tough Alaska team that we can compete,” he said.“I told them if you guys keep believing, keep turning this corner, stay together, you guys will be able to compete against anybody.”And that strong belief is exactly what Kia needs to have as it seeks to upset San Miguel on Saturday and finally end its dry spell in the season-ending 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.“I know we have a really tough opponent against San Miguel coming up on Saturday, but like what Russell Westbrook says, ‘Why not?’ As long as you put in the work, and you’ll learn from our mistakes in this game where we didn’t fold in the last minute and a half, and keep our composure, who knows? We’d pull out a win. So let’s hope everybody will keep their heads up and their spirits high,” Gavina said.ADVERTISEMENT Kia Picanto coach Chris Gavina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKia coach Chris Gavina said that he could not ask for more from his wards after their gallant stand in a 102-94 defeat to Alaska on Sunday.“Amazing effort from my guys. Despite all that’s happening, we’re 0-9, I couldn’t be proud of my guys tonight,” Gavina said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fajardo says Slaughter ‘got stronger’ since return from injurylast_img

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