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    Frustrated Gavina fires warning: only Kia players who show fight will get to play

    Jul 28, 2017

    ANTIPOLO – KIA coach Chris Gavina lamented that his locals failed to repay their import’s unselfishness - so unlike TNT KaTropa’s players who factored in Michael Craig’s triple-double in the Picanto's 106-96 loss to the Texters on Friday night.

    Picanto import Markeith Cummings registered 27 points and seven rebounds, but dished out just three assists – numbers that paled in comparison to that of Craig, who put up 21 points, 13 boards, and 12 assists.

    “I give credit to their import, he played a hell of a game. His supporting cast made him look good,” Gavina said. “The triple-double he got? He was forcing us to rotate and he was kicking out and finding guys.”

    “The flip side of him and our import was that Talk N Text' guys made shots,” he added. “Our import Keith was getting our guys open, but we're not hitting any shots.”

    [See Craig posts triple-double in smashing PBA debut]

    The Picanto came within five points, 91-96, three minutes and 40 seconds remaining in the game, but their comeback again fell short.

    “In that last four minutes, I can already tell that some guys were already checked out. And that will be addressed,” Gavina said. “I can't have guys who I believe are supposed to finish out a game give up.

    “From here on in, the guys who are showing me fight,” he added. “I don’t care if they play forty minutes. That’s who we’ll be playing, because that’s the only way we’re going to win – play team defense and play with a pure desire as if this is everybody’s last game.”

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