IT’S a juggling act between focusing on the task at hand and setting your sights on the ultimate goal.
Mahindra seeks to take the easier route in its ambitious quest to reach the finals as it takes on Meralco in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The giant-killing Enforcer are running fourth in the 12-team standings with a 6-4 win-loss record and are already set to make their first-ever postseason appearance.
Victory against the Bolts in their last game of the elimination round at 4:30 p.m. will also seal for the second-year franchise the fourth and last twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals.
“My mindset going in is it’s a semifinal game versus Meralco to get to the championship,” up-and-coming Enforcer coach Chris Gavina said after their 93-86 loss to Ginebra on Friday.
The Enforcer gave the Gin Kings all they could handle, but their performance still left something to be desired as star forward Aldrech Ramos was held to just seven points on 3-of-10 shooting, one board, and one assist in 23 minutes as a starter.
“We got to get Aldrech back in his groove because he’s one of the guys we definitely need to get his numbers for us to come out on top,” Gavina said as he seeks to arrest his team’s back-to-back defeats with another solid performance from import James White.
Another loss by the Enforcer will allow the Allen Durham-led Bolts, who are also eager to recover from two straight setbacks, to tie them at 6-5 and force a playoff for the last win-once advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
TNT Katropa seeks to just solidify its hold on the top spot as it faces eliminated Star in the second game at 6:45 p.m.