Gavina says Mahindra 'no longer being overlooked' by PBA heavyweights
"Our level of preparation has got to even go higher than how we started,” says Mahindra coach Chris Gavina. Jaime Campos

MAHINDRA coach Chris Gavina admitted his team has gone through a reality check with the rest of the field already gaining notice of the Enforcers at this juncture of the PBA Governors’ Cup.

After a surprising start that saw them win their first four games, the Enforcers have reeled to their second straight loss following an 82-81 defeat at the hands of NLEX on Wednesday.

“I think now, a lot of teams are definitely preparing their best, so we’re getting the teams’ best now,” Gavina said after emerging from the dugout following a long meeting with his staff. “I think we’re no longer being overlooked.”

“So our level of preparation has got to even go higher than how we started,” he added. “It’s a true test of our character right now, so really, that’s how great teams grow. We got to go through these lows to get to the highs.”

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After toppling powerhouses San Miguel Beer, Alaska, and Star in three of their four wins, the Enforcers have lost to two middle-of-the-pack squads in Phoenix and the Road Warriors.

But Gavina believes the past two games were 'winnable,' particularly the one against NLEX where the Enforcers led by eight points with under four minutes left, only to allow the Road Warriors to come back.

“This is the second straight game that we gave away,” the rookie coach said, citing his team giving up 20 points off turnovers. “Those are the things we can control.”

“It shouldn’t have even come down to the end of the game where we needed one basket,” he added. “We got the stops we needed on defense, but we didn’t execute the way we used to at the end of the game.”

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