Chris Gavina again calls out Alex Mallari as he lashes out at 'stats-padding' players
Mahindra coach Chris Gavina once again calls out Alex Mallari as he lashes out at 'stats-conscious' players. Jerome Ascano

MAHINDRA coach Chris Gavina lamented the lack of effort from his team in the midst of their slump in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

While praising Reden Celda and Philip Paniamogan, the only two locals who scored in double figures in a 105-86 loss to GlobalPort on Sunday, Gavina called out his other players who, he feels, are so stats-conscious that they deviate from team play.

“We got a lot of guys who are willing to put it all on the line, and they show it to me in practice. And then, there are other guys that just... I don't know,” Gavina said. “I think they just feel like they gotta get their numbers because it's a contract deal. But little do they know that if we keep losing like this, nobody's gonna get a contract.

“We gotta fight together,” he added. “It's not just gonna be about one person. Collectively, as a group, managers and coaches, we have to look at the big picture as well. So I think from here, that's what we gotta do - move forward.”

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Gavina again called out main man Alex Mallari for his lack of maturity and leadership.

“Alex has these swings of brilliance, and as much as he is an asset to us, sometimes he is a detriment,” Gavina admitted. “But hopefully moving forward, he takes lessons learned from these two horrible losses we've had, and exercise some sort of growth mindset for himself, especially if he wants to be considered a superstar.

“Superstars have to carry themselves in a certain way, and I honestly feel like he hasn't embraced that role,” he added. “So we'll see as we move forward.”

Mallari contributed just two points on 1-of-9 shooting, four boards, one assist, two turnovers, and had the lowest efficiency in the team with a -21 in his 15 minutes as a starter against the Batang Pier.

“It's not even the turnovers, but his reactions towards his mistakes instead of moving on to the next play,” Gavina explained.

“He lingers and tries to complain. Body language changes... It's just been contagious to the whole team when they see it. I tried to talk to him about it one on one, but he just hasn't seemed to figure out that yet.”

With Mahindra suffering a seventh loss in eight games, Gavina appears to give up on their postseason bid.

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“As a group, we gotta be looking at moving forward,” Gavina said. “We're basically, statistically out of the playoffs, so I think from this point on, we'll try to get the guys that we need to get extended playing time so we can prepare them to play a bigger role moving forward.”

“I'm looking at the next conference,” he added. “It's an opportunity for our young guys to really gain that much needed experience we need.”

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