Leo Avenido sticks to positives despite eight-game losing slump, off-court adversity for Gamboa
Playing coach Leo Avenido expects Gamboa to go all out to end what has been a disappointing stint in the D-League on a positive note. Dante Peralta

AFTER suffering eight straight losses, Gamboa Coffee Mix playing coach Leo Avenido stuck to the positives in what has been a disappointing stint for the team’s first conference in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.

"Nakakadisappoint pero on the other side, siyempre thankful pa rin kami kasi siyempre may team, may trabaho," said the former PBA cager.

Gamboa showed promise in their opening game against Zark's Burger, but struggled to get a win in their next eight games. The worst came at the hands of Marinerong Pilipino on Monday, with a disheartening 69-point drubbing.

"Sa akin, hindi naman masyado mahalaga yung score, wala naman yun dun. Siguro yung character lang namin siguro masyadong bumaba (noong game sa Marinerong Pilipino)," said Avenido, who had 24 points for Gamboa.

He also bared that the roster has barely practiced with the team hardly getting support. Still, they have held their heads high despite all the adversity and the long slide.

"Merong hindi nalalaman yung mga tao sa team namin. Kasi kami sa game na lang kami, nagkikita-kita inalis na yung practice namin. Hindi na kami sinuportahan ng mismong Gamboa."

"Hindi naman kami superman na malakas kaagad. Siyempre sa team, yung camaraderie namin, yung togetherness, yung selflessness ng bawat isa, ayun lang naman ang kailangan pa. Pero all in all kahit ganyan masaya ako sa naipakita ng team."

Gamboa will face Team Batangas for their last game on July 27 at Ynares Arena in Pasig. And Avelino expects his teammates to go out with a bang.

"Laban lang kami ng laban. Nandito pa rin kami as professionals. Tapusin lang namin yung liga sa ngayon, okay na." 

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