NICO Salva felt he could’ve made a better impression to Ginebra as he faced his former team for the first time on Friday night.
The fourth-year small forward scored 11 points and was one of only two Mahindra players who scored in double digits in the team’s 89-70 loss to the Gin Kings in their PBA Philippine Cup encounter.
“I think I did okay. I could’ve done better,” Salva said. “But there’s always room for improvement.”
Wanting to spread his wings after playing limited minutes last season for the Gin Kings, Salva got his wish by getting traded for a future second-round pick to a Floodbuster side that needs all the help it can get in the wake of the puzzling departure of their top players during the off season.
And the 6-foot-3 cager looks like he’s starting to make significant contribution as he scored in double figures for the second straight game, after tallying 10 points and seven boards in the three-point loss to San Miguel Beer.
Salva did most of his damage from the foul line where he scored all but two of his points, along with one board, and one assist without committing a turnover in 14 minutes off the bench.
And he did it against his former team, which he helped end a title drought in the last Governors’ Cup.
“I wanted to win. And it was also nice to see my old teammates kasi may pinagsamahan talaga kami, lalo na we were able to win the championship,” Salva said. “But at the start, during the game, parang hindi ko gusto makipagbiruan masyado sa kanila, then after, dun ko sila nakausap.”