KIA Picanto opened its 4th season in the PBA with 4 consecutive losses. Those 4 straight defeats extended the team’s current losing streak to 16 games.
The Columbian Autocar Corporation-owned franchise last won a game on May 21, 2017, against Phoniex via a 122-121 squeaker. It was the team’s second to the last game of the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup. It dropped its final assignment, and got the ball rolling for what is now the 3rd longest losing streak in league history.
The ‘unconventional’ team, as envisioned by its team manager Joe Lipa, has now lost its last 16 games, including all of its 11 games in the season-ending Governors’ Cup.
Great Taste holds the distinction of having the longest losing streak at 18, which happened in 1980 during the Open and All-Filipino Conferences. Brgy. Ginebra is a notch lower with 17, which was set during 1995. And at the rate it’s going, it won’t be a surprise anymore if KIA sets the all-time longest losing streak in league history, an embarrassing feat which the team can easily achieve in its upcoming games.
Aside from the losing streak, the team also dropped its last 3 games by a whopping average of 35 points! The last two, against Magnolia and Alaska, with an average of 42 points. Incidentally, Ricky Dandan assumed the head coaching post at the start of the year after Chris Gavina resigned, making his coaching debut quite a forgettable one.
After the loss to Alaska, Dandan echoed his earlier statement that they were still not a team. For the second straight game, they were able to keep abreast with the opponent only during the 1st half. They were completely blown apart in the 2nd half.
During the 3rd quarter collapse against Alaska, the Picanto were only able to score 5 points, just 3 points away from the league record for lowest points in a quarter of 2 set by Mobile in 2001 and Brgy. Ginebra in 2003.
The 5 points however was extra ‘special’ since the team had 6 turnovers in the same quarter. Another feather in the cap in terms of futility for KIA.
Again, at the rate it’s going, expect more ‘worst ever’ records to fall in the coming days courtesy of the league’s only unconventional team.