LA Revilla admits frustration creeping in as Mahindra suffers another blowout loss
LA Revilla is one of only a handful of holdovers from the Mahindra team that made the playoffs for the first time last season, only to be inexplicably torn apart. Jerome Ascano

ANTIPOLO CITY - As the acknowledged leader of Mahindra, LA Revilla can’t help but get frustrated with the way things are going for the team two games into the Floodbuster’s PBA Philippine Cup campaign.

For the second straight time, the Floodbuster found themselves at the wrong end of another rout, dropping a 105-83 game against Rain or Shine team that featured a debuting James Yap on Wednesday at the Ynares Center here.

Counting their 97-75 setback against Globalport in their debut last week, the Floodbuster have now lost their first two outings in the season-opening conference by a whopping average margin of 22 points.

Not exactly the kind of expectations Revilla envisioned for a team that is just a tournament removed from making its first-ever playoffs appearance.

“Nakaka-frustrate. Buo na yung team, akala mo 'yan na 'yun,” he said of the Mahindra roster that advanced to the quarterfinals of the last Governors Cup behind key stalwarts KG Canaleta, Aldrech Ramos, Paolo Taha, and Bradwyn Guinto.

[See Unbeaten Rain or Shine deals hapless Mahindra a severe beating]

All four are now with other teams, while Mahindra starts the process of rebuilding again from among the players it had gotten from trading Canaleta and Co., and the acquisition of three rookies from the draft.

The 27-year-old Revilla said the Floodbuster need to be patient before they started playing as a cohesive unit again.

“It takes time talaga na mabalik ulit yung nabuo ng team, yung teamwork, yung samahan sa loob ng court,” admitted the former De La Salle cager, who finished with only four points, two rebounds, and an assist in 17 minutes of play in the loss against the Elasto Painters (2-0).

“Siyempre kailangan ng oras pa rin kahit papaano para ma-figure out kung ano magandang paraan para maging successful ulit.”


The recent acquisition of veterans Gary David and Rey Guevarra from the free agent list also didn’t help Mahindra any as the Floodbuster found themselves trailing by as many as 49 points, 98-49, early in the fourth period.

David was held to just a single point, while Guevarra came through for nine markers.

It hurts Revilla to see the franchise where his pro career has really blossomed getting a beating such as this.

“Kung titignan mo as a whole, tambak kami. Kaya nakakababa ng morale,” admitted the fourth-year playmaker. “Pero wala ka namang magagawa.”

As a good soldier though, Revilla said he’s always ready to take orders and do his job.

“Tinitignan na lang natin kung ano ang magandang nagawa ng team,” he said. “Move on ka na lang, and move forward.”

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