Khobuntin feels instant connection with Gavina: 'Si Coach Yeng parang tatay, ito kuya'
Glenn Khobuntin scored a career-high 15 points in his Mahindra debut. Jaime Campos

WHAT Glenn Khobuntin couldn’t get in eight games with NLEX this PBA Commissioner’s Cup, he got in just one game with Mahindra on Sunday.

The sophomore forward finally tasted victory this conference while leaving a huge imprint as well in his debut for the Floodubster in the 96-87 win over Blackwater on Sunday.

“Thankful lang kasi first game, ganun pa yung outcome,” Khobuntin said. “So hopefully next game ganun pa rin.”

Coming off his first All-Star appearance right in his native Cagayan de Oro City, the 25-year-old combo forward wasted little time in proving his worth after getting traded along with Eric Camson in exchange for Alex Mallari as he put up a career-high 15 points in 25 minutes off the bench.

“May confidence na naman eh,” Khobuntin said. “Thankful ako kasi nabigay ko yung binigay nila sa'kin.”

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This early, Khobuntin can already feel that coach Chris Gavina is approachable.

“He's cool (Gavina),” Khobuntin said of the young mentor. “Difference nila ni coach Yeng, si coach Yeng parang tatay. Ito parang kuya lang ang dating niya.”

“Mabilis lang din naman (yung adjustment),” he added. “Kasi halos pareho lang din sila ni Coach Yeng ng philosophy eh.”

Gavina is glad that Khobuntin and Camson have already embraced his system.

“I think they have really bought in quickly,” Gavina said. “They've only been with us for three days, and they've had an immediate impact towards the rest of our guys, and our guys have embraced them.”

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