LA Revilla sticks to positives as Mahindra cools off v Meralco to end season

ANTIPOLO — Mahindra may have folded quickly in its first playoff appearance, but young playmaker LA Revilla believes the Enforcer can draw lots of positive lessons in the PBA Governors Cup.

From a promising romp that put them ahead of the quarterfinal race, the Enforcers failed to stay hot late in the conference to end with a six-game losing streak.

The painful part was losing in the knockout game for the no. 4 seed against the Bolts, before dropping a 105-82 decision to Meralco on Saturday in the quarterfinals.

“Di naman yun (losses) magde-define ng conference namin. As much as possible, tingnan pa rin naman ng bright side na nakapasok kami ng playoffs,” Revilla told FOX Sports after the game.

“I think overall maganda naman yung conference namin. Nag-enjoy talaga kami, gawin lang namin ‘tong foundation, build on this and move forward,” he said.

The young Mahindra squad, which is mostly composed of former free agents and undrafted players, found themselves struggling for composure, losing key guys like Revilla and KG Canaleta at one point in the eliminations due to health reasons.

And pitted against a veteran Meralco team in a virtual best-of-three, the once fighting Enforcer wilted under pressure.

Even Revilla couldn’t find the exact explanation for their downhill performance.  However, he would like to see their failed playoff bid as an experience that will make them stronger in the future.

“Maganda yun for our growth, learn something from them and hopefully we get to mature,” shared the former La Salle Green Archer guard.

As his contract expires this October, Revilla said he will take a break first, before talking with management.Jason Mercene

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