AFTER the talent buildup Barako Bull did during the conference break, incoming import Mike Singletary is brimming with confidence that there’s nowhere to go but up for the Energy Cola.
“I’ve been here for a week now and it’s really good,” said Singletary, who led the Energy Cola to a 105-80 demolition of import-less Talk `N Text in a tune-up game over the weekend at the Moro Lorenzo gym inside the Ateneo campus.
“I know it’s kind of hard to get a good gauge because it’s just an exhibition game, but we’ve got guys who play hard, who practice hard, and we push everybody to get better so we can improve on a few things. Hopefully, we’ll continue to do that,” added the Texas Tech product.
The addition of new players like Ronjay Buenafe and Elmer Espiritu provides Barako Bull a more potent lineup, according to the import, since both guys are noted perimeter shooters and no non-sense defenders.
“Now, we just got to get better defensively with these guys because when we play good defense, we’re really good. We’ve got a whole bunch of offensive weapons out there,” he said, as the Energy Cola continue their preparation for the season-ending PBA Governors Cup after a pair of ninth place finish in the first two conferences of the league.
The athletic Singletary served as the team’s import last May when Barako Bull finished a fighting fourth in the 2nd Al Shabab Basketball Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The soft-spoken former Rio Grand Valley Rapids forward said the Energy Cola still have a long way to go, which is why mentally, they need to toughen up as well.
“I think it’s all mental, man,” said the 24-year-old native of Humble, Texas. “We got to win basketball games. That’s what they pay us to do and that’s what the fans come for. So we’ll try to win as many games as possible.
“With the group of guys we have, we could finish better than ninth place,” he added.