AFTER going through a losing season with GlobalPort, veteran playmaker Alex Cabagnot is confident the Batang Pier can turn things around this season with a rejuvenated roster that includes top rookie pick Stanley Pringle.
Cabagnot had to work his tail off for most part of last season, averaging 13.0 points, 6.2 assists and 4.3 assists in 35.5 minutes, all career-high numbers.
But the Batang Pier still stumbled to a disappointing 2-16 win-loss record in two conferences under coach Pido Jarencio.
The past month, aside from beefing up its roster with veterans Mark Isip, Jojo Duncil and Noy Baclao, GlobalPort also brought in freshmen Roider Cabrera, Anthony Semerad, John Pinto, Prince Caperal and the highly regarded Pringle from the draft last August.
“When we went to Korea, it helped a lot kasi sama sama kami 24 hours a day for five straight days. I hope that all translates to the court this season,” said Cabagnot, now the team leader with the departure of Jay Washington, who was traded last month to Talk ’N Text.
“Alam niyo naman, we won just two games last (two) conferences, so we hope we can win more kasi if we improve lang from our last conference, siyempre naman maganda na iyun.”
With Pringle in the lineup, Cabagnot said the Batang Pier are expected to rely heavily on the backcourt for offense.
“There’s no question about it na ang backcourt naman talaga ng strength namin. Most teams kasi, strengths nila nasa frontcourt because nadun sila June Mar (Fajardo from San Miguel), Japeth (Aguilar) and Greg (Slaughter, from Ginebra),” he added.
Cabagnot said is impressed with the work ethic of Pringle, who stays in the gym long after practice to work on his shots every day.
“One thing about Stanley, a lot of guys come in and don’t work as hard, but with him, he’s been consistently staying after practice,” said Cabagnot.
“His work ethic is up to par. That’s what we could ask from him because he does put in the hardwork.”
Meanwhile, sophomore guard Terrence Romeo shed off 25 pounds during the offseason, making him a lot quicker.
The former Far Eastern University ”King Tamaraw” will form a double-barrelled scoring threat with Pringle at the guard spot.
Romeo, last year’s UAAP Most Valuable Player, averaged 12.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists last season.