MAHINDRA seeks to sustain its surprising start in the PBA Governors’ Cup as it braces for a Phoenix side with a new super import on Friday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Enforcers are riding the momentum of their best start in their young franchise’s history, having won their first four games in the season-ending conference, the latest an impressive come-from-behind six-point victory over perennial finals contender Alaska last week.
But the Enforcers are taking on a Fuel Masters side powered by the prolific Eugene Phelps, who exploded for 52 points in his debut in their breakthrough win this conference - a 120-107 win over GlobalPort last July 31.
The Enforcers, though boast their own exciting import in James White, among the youngest and most unheralded in this batch, but nonetheless gets the job done just the same, epitomizing his team’s identity.
“We're really not focused on other teams right now, we're focusing on ourselves,” White said ahead of their 4:15 p.m. matchup. “It starts in practice; the way you prepare yourself is going to carry over to the game.”
“And I think for us, we're our own worst enemies,” the athletic reinforcement added. “I think the confidence is high. We're just enjoying this moment but I think we're our worst enemy. We can control everything we do.”
White, however, was quick to remind his team not to get way ahead of themselves, well aware they haven’t proven anything ahead of the match against the Fuel Masters, who are eager to go for back-to-back victories and improve on their 1-3 win-loss standing.
“I'll say that (we’re for real) when we make the playoffs,” the 6-foot-8 beanpole said. “Right now the regular season really doesn't mean anything, (until) we make the playoffs.”
Star tests its own new import in Joel Wright as it takes on another team with a 1-3 win-loss record in NLEX in the second game at 7 p.m.