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Dyip rookie Holt: Winning starts in practice

Top PBA rookie pick Stephen Holt understands that Terrafirma has been a doormat for pretty much of its existence in the pro league.

The only time Terrafirma made the playoffs was during the 2016 Governors' Cup when the team was under coach Chris Gavina. A young athletic James White served as import for the team that back then, carried the name Mahindra.

No wonder, Holt said the culture of winning starts in practice, which he believes the team has been doing so well these days.

“It just starts in practice everyday, we've been working very hard to build chemistry,” Holt said in his guest appearance in former PBA commissioner Noli Eala's sports channel Power and Play on Saturday, October 14.

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The 31-year-old Holt said he may be a rookie coming into the new season, but with his extensive pro basketball experience in Europe, he hopes to bring that in to the underachieving Dyip.

“This is a new group and we just have to stack the wins and how we do that is have good practice. I'm a hard worker and I just want to win,” explained the former Saint Mary's standout.

A known explosive guard, Holt said he intends to be aggressive and try to help the Dyip get deep into the playoffs.

“I'm super excited for the challenges and our goal is to have a good overall season,” he said.

Holt is bringing with him a solid basketball credential which he built over the years after playing in Australia, Spain, Czech Republic, Poland, Kazakhstan and Romania.

Before making a living overseas, Holt also played for the Atlanta Hawks in the 2014 and 2015 NBA Summer League, along with a stint with the Canton Charge in the NBA G League where he averaged 11.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 54 games during the 2014-15 season.

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