DEFENDING champion San Mig Coffee still has a long way to go in its climb up the standings, but coach Tim Cone is convinced his team is headed in the right direction after a 90-82 win over Talk ‘N Text on Sunday.
Now, San Mig hopes to build on that victory when it clashes with unpredictable Globalport on Saturday when the PBA Commissioner’s Cup continues with a road game in Naga City, Camarines Sur.
Last season’s Commissioner’s Cup best import Denzel Bowles is coming off a monster performance against Talk ‘N Text after finishing with 29 points, 23 rebounds, three blocks and two assists - numbers which Cone said they can expect from the young, athletic reinforcement.
“He (Bowles) only had three practices before his first game … but he’s gonna get his rhythm,” Cone said of Bowles, who had a disappointing debut against Rain or Shine. “He’s too skilled not to be a great player in our league. But I think (his skill is) gonna consistently show up this conference.”
Bowles will be facing the conference’s top rebounder and shot-blocker in Globalport’s import Justin Williams. The 6-9 Williams is the least-offensive minded among the 10 PBA imports at the moment, but his presence in the paint has been huge this conference.
Williams though is coming off an anemic five-point effort in the team’s shocking 89-90 loss to Meralco which the Bolts won on Sunday Salvacion’s buzzer-beating three-point shot.
Globalport team owner Mikee Romero was so disappointed with Williams' performance that he later disclosed to Spin.ph that he’ll possibly be seeking for a replacement following the team’s two-game slide.
Among those being eyed as replacements to Williams are DJ Mbenga and Brian Cook, two former members of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Batang Pier star Gary David, however, said the news should serve as a challenge to Williams.
“Sa ganyang balita kahit naman sino macha-challenge. Pero pinangakuan siya na mag-stay siya kapag nanalo kami so somehow, pressured siya,” David told Spin.ph just before he and the rest of the Batang Pier boarded their flight to Legaspi City.