JUSTIN Williams made a big impression on defense in his first tune-up game with the team, but Globalport head coach Junel Baculi wants his import to assert himself more on offense.
The Batang Pier lost to Meralco, 96-84, on Tuesday at the Meralco gym in their tune-up game with Williams blocking no less than eight shots, according to those who witnessed the match.
Baculi liked what he saw in his import defensively but hopes that he could pick his game up on offense.
“Maganda ang defensive orientation niya but still, siyempre, the import has to score to compensate for the locals. Kapag nag-import ka sa Pilipinas, triple double dapat,” Baculi said.
“More on putbacks, lay-ups, hindi pa ‘yung creating something on his own,” Baculi said in describing his import.
But Baculi said that Williams, who had stints with the Sacramento Kings and the Houston Rockets in the NBA, still needs more time to adjust to the system of the Batang Pier.
“Not in shape pa siya so marami pa namang pwede mangyari,” Baculi said.
Baculi also wasn’t satisfied with the team’s defensive attitude overall despite Williams’ shotblocking presence.
“’Yung desire namin to play defense was not there. We have to work on that, rebounding and defense,” Baculi said.
Globalport star Gary David did not play in the tune-up game as he is with Gilas Pilipinas playing in an invitational tournament in Hong Kong.