MAHINDRA gets a huge offensive boost as Gary David is set to make his debut on Wednesday when the Floodbuster face Rain or Shine at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
The Floodbuster’s offense left much to be desired in their 97-75 loss to GlobalPort last Friday in a game where no one from their starting five scored in double figures with sub Alex Mallari leading only three players who reached twin digits.
But that changes with the addition of David, who coach Chris Gavina confirmed is already in their playing roster.
“We may test him out tomorrow for a short period of time,” Gavina told SPIN.ph on Tuesday.
“But his experience and his ability to be a deadly knockdown shooter gives us a tremendous boost in our perimeter shooting,” he added of the four-time league scoring champion.
Aside from David, the Floodbuster have also signed another unrestricted free agent in Rey Guevarra, who was left unsigned by GlobalPort after acquiring him in a one-on-one trade for Joseph Yeo.
The Floodbuster hope to register their first win but will have their work cut out anew against an Elasto Painters side that defused TNT KaTropa, 101-87, last Wednesday.
“It’s a big character test for all of our new and young players in regards to how they respond to adversity,” Gavina said. “We addressed our lack of defensive cohesion from our first game and our timid-ness on the defensive end.”
“I’ll be looking to deploy the players who show the best chemistry and effort on both ends of the floor,” he added.
Reden Celda was one of the few young guys who rose to the challenge with 10 points, two assists, and two boards in 21 minutes off the bench in his debut, and is expected to match up with fellow rookie standout playmaker in Mike Tolomia.