Mahindra import James White may be the youngest import in the PBA Governors Cup, but he certainly showed he can compete against a powerhouse squad like Barangay Ginebra.
The 6-foot-8 White scattered 23 points and hauled down 13 rebounds during the Enforcer’s 93-86 loss to Ginebra on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“We still fought through all the adversity,” said the 22-year-old White, who added three blocks while not minding the occasional boos he got from solid Ginebra fans during the game.
“I wasn’t paying attention (on the crowd). I’m just playing my game and doing what I can to help my teammates.”
His effort, though, was marred by a controversial call in the fourth quarter.
The standout from Arkansas-Little Rock appeared to have accidentally gone over the foot of Ginebra guard Sol Mercado, who was trying to make a split-second pass.
“I guess it’s a PBA rule that if you go over somebody’s foot, you can’t change the rules. That’s part of the game,” he said, who was eventually slapped with a flagrant foul penalty 1. The infraction forced him to sit on the bench for three minutes as per league rule.
Asked for comment, the Mahindra import simply shrugged it off.
“I don’t even know, I don’t even care, that’s in the past. We’re more worried on our game against Meralco on Sunday.”
True enough, the Enforcer’s showdown against the Bolts will be crucial as both teams shoot for the twice-to-beat incentive heading to the quarterfinals. – Jason Mercene
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