VETERAN center Billy Mamaril likes what he sees with his new team, saying GlobalPort has enough materials to make a serious run in the playoffs of the PBA Governors Cup.
The 6-foot-5 Mamaril, acquired from Barangay Ginebra in a trade last month, said the Batang Pier have the personnel to contend citing sophomore guard Terrence Romeo, rookie Stanley Pringle and even Keith Jensen and Anthony Semerad as vital pieces for the team.
O’Bryant debuted with 15 points and 23 rebounds, while Krayem added 18, eight boards and four assists for the Batang Pier in a convincing 92-73 triumph over Meralco on Tuesday night in their conference debut.
“I told them since this is an import conference and for us, especially since they finished in the bottom four (in the first two conferences), we have a big import. So if there’s any conference we can win, it’s this one because we have a big import,” Mamaril said.
“We’re pretty talented. As far as size, we’re big because we have Keith and Semerad and the only one really small is Terrence and Stanley. Then, we have two imports, so we just have to complement them,” added the 34-year-old.
Pringle said that with great additions to the team, all they need to do now is work on their chemistry.
“We’re just trying to jell as a team because we have new guys, Doug (Kramer) and Billy so we’ll just try to take it game by game,” said the six-foot Pringle, who sat out Tuesday’s game as he recovers from a right ankle sprain he suffered in the Commissioner’s Cup.
The 28-year-old Pringle noted that O’Bryant can easily bring in the defensive presence the Batang Pier sorely lacked during the first two conferences this season.
“His (O’Bryant) just being a presence there changed the game and then, him being able to tap shots out of the rim. Guys just can’t go straight to the basket,” said Pringle, the leading candidate for the Rookie of the Year.