TWO bodies are better than one.
Firm in his belief that Globalport improved its lineup with the arrival of veteran Jay Washington and rookie big man Yousif Taha, coach Junel Baculi said it’s time for the Batang Pier to buckle down to work and improve team cohesion severely lacking during its first two conferences in the pro league.
“We’re happy with what we got. We got two able bodies compared to Japeth (Aguilar). So hopefully, we could move on and build the chemistry with the team because that is what we lacked the previous conference,” Baculi told Spin.ph after the three-team deal that brought Aguilar to Ginebra.
The 6-foot-9 Aguilar went to the Kings in exchange for Taha and Ginebra’s 2013 draft pick while Washington ended up with Globalport as the Batang Pier dealt rookie big man Jason Deutchman to Petron, including their second-round draft picks in 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Baculi said the 6-foot-7 Washington easily gives the Batang Pier another veteran presence after finishing dead last in the first two conferences of their maiden season.
Washington is expected to boost the team’s talent stock that also includes hotshot Gary David, former two-time league MVP Willie Miller, and Sol Mercado.
“Ang naging problema kasi namin dati is we kept on fighting pero kinakapos kami. With Jay Washington, he adds experience to the team. Hopefully, maganda din ang work ethic niya. Plus we have another energy guy in Taha,” noted Baculi, whose team only won two games during his first conference as Batang Pier head coach during the Commissioner’s Cup.
Washington averaged 8.2 points and 5.5 rebounds in 31 games this season with a talent-loaded Petron team.
The 31-year-old Fil-Am forward also won a championship with the franchise during the 2009 Fiesta Conference and the 2011 Governors Cup.