ALTHOUGH disheartened, injured playmaker LA Revilla sees a silver lining in yet another breakdown by Mahindra in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup.
Revilla watched helplessly on the bench as the Elite lost grip of a 115-110 lead late in the overtime period to drop a heartbreaker against Globalport, 118-116, Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
A win could have boosted the Enforcers’ bid to make the quarterfinals ahead of Blackwater. But as it is, Mahindra fell to a 2-8 record, a game behind the Elite (2-7) heading to their duel on December 20.
If it was any consolation, however, the 26-year-old Revilla said close losses such as this one would help Mahindra in the long run.
“We had a couple of games this conference which we lost in the endgame,” said the three-year playmaker from De La Salle, who showed up in street clothes for the game after injuring his right hip in the Enforcers’ last outing against Star.
“But this will help us gain experience, become mature, and be a better team,” he added.
Revilla hopes he’ll be able to finally return to action against Blackwater in a game which he said will be ‘huge’ for the team.
So far, he has yet to join the Enforcers in practice, but hopes to do so with a few more days to rest his hurting hip.
“I’m getting better. Hopefully, I’ll be able to play na against Blackwater and help the team in any which way I can,” said the player considered as the face of Mahindra.