WHAT Globalport import Calvin Warner lacks in height, he makes up with his determination.
One of the smallest imports in this PBA Commissioner’s Cup at 6-foot-5, Warner grabbed a league season-high in rebounds with 30 to lead the Batang Pier to a 101-78 victory over Blackwater on Sunday.
But the undersized big man deflected the credit to his teammates.
“I just worked hard and used the efforts of my team because everybody had to box out in order for me to get the rebounds,” Warner said.
“It was a strong effort, but everybody played good defense and hustled as a team,” he added.
Star teammate Terrence Romeo wasn’t surprised of Warner’s rebounding exploits.
“Hindi na ako nagugulat, kasi alam kong sobrang aggressive niya at sobrang beterano na siya,” Romeo said of the 34-year-old American slotman.
Romeo went as far as saying Warner is indeed, better suited for the team than former import CJ Leslie.
“Siya talaga yung fit para sa sistema namin, kasi wala kaming inside presence na talagang mag-do-dominate eh. So ngayon nandyan na siya, nagkakaroon kami ng inside at outside offense,” he said.
“Mahirap kami gaanong bantayan,” added Romeo, who formed a potent combination with Warner by scoring a game-high 25 points.
The Batang Pier have gone 2-1 (win-loss) since Warner replaced Leslie.
“I’m adjusting greatly with them,” Warner said. “We’re getting along very well. We’re learning, we’re building, and taking it step by step. We’re getting better and better every day.”
“But we’re not going to settle,” he was quick to add. “We want to do more than just make the playoffs.”