Bittersweet: Karl Dehesa no longer surprised on Mahindra’s rousing start

GlobalPort new boy Karl Dehesa tried to take a more professional approach after facing his former team Mahindra on Wednesday in the opening game of the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The 6-foot-1 Dehesa was all business during his 30-minute exposure against his former team, finishing with 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists, filling in the spot vacated by injured Joseph Yeo and Terrence Romeo, who was downed by a stomach flu.

“It was little bit different working on a different jersey other than that one (Mahindra) but it’s part of the business and it’s something I got to get used to,” Dehesa said after the game, which saw GlobalPort bow to Mahindra, 108-98.

The 29-year-old shooting guard was shipped by Mahindra to GlobalPort last May as part of the deal that allowed the Enforcer to acquire Paolo Taha and Roi Sumang. Sumang, later on, was traded by Mahindra to Blackwater.

Though undrafted in 2012, Dehesa worked his way up after earning a spot in the team of playing coach Manny Pacquiao during the franchise’s maiden season last year.

The former Waldorf College stalwart averaged 7.75 points and 2.93 rebounds during his first year in the PBA. He then, saw his numbers jump to a career-best 11.38 points, 3.05 rebounds, 2.86 assists and 1.43 steals during the first 2 conferences of this season.

Dehesa said despite being traded to GlobalPort 2 months ago, he still maintained friendship with his former Mahindra teammates.

“I mean a lot of those guys are still my friends. Seeing them was good, and it would have been nice to come out with the win, but we can’t have it all I guess,” he said.

The sweet-shooting Fil-Am guard said he’s no longer surprised to see Mahindra come out strong with its franchise-best 2-0 start, citing the team’s solid core as one of the reasons behind it.

“Those guys (Enfrorcers) have been playing together for a while. The same core and group of guys, so it’s gonna come together eventually and yeah, they look good right now,” he said. – By Richard Dy

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