BEING on the wrong end of the biggest meltdown in the PBA in the last decade surely has consequences.
After giving up a lead as many as 26 points in the fourth quarter against Phoenix that resulted in a 101-99 loss last Wednesday in their Philippine Cup matchup, Glolbaport accepted what appeared to be a punishment of holding practice sessions on New Year’s Eve and on the first day of 2017.
“We didn’t go on a break because we meant to correct yung mga mistakes namin,” Batang Pier coach Franz Pumaren said after practice on Wednesday. “We have to fine-tune everything and go back to the basics again.”
The Batang Pier did take a break on Christmas Eve and the day after, but have been attending practice since then except on December 29 – the day after their loss to the Fuel Masters, and on January 2.
Pumeran, though, had been out of the country since their game against Phoenix.
But all his players have been going through the grind, eager to get back on track after losing three of their last four games and improve their 3-3 win-loss record.
“With regards to the break, they’re all professionals,” Pumaren said. “They know what’s in it for them. They know for a fact that the schedule is really tough, especially during the holidays.”
Asked if they gained an advantage over teams which took a break during the holidays, Pumaren shook his head.
“Hindi naman,” Pumaren said. “At this stage, every team is on equal footing. It’s just that we need to fine-tune and correct our mistakes.”
Batang Pier star Terrence Romeo, though, is hoping their sacrifice would all be worth it.
“Sana, sana maging advantage siya,” he said. “Maraming instances na pwedeng mangyari yun. Pag dating ng game, yung pinractice namin, sana magbunga. Imagine, sinacrifice namin lahat, yung bonding namin sa family namin, pag-spend ng tamang celebration, medyo bitin, kasi iniisip mo na may practice bukas.”
What a world of difference it would’ve been had the Batang Pier just avoided a meltdown against the Fuel Masters.