GLOBALPORT coach Pido Jarencio expects wide-bodied import Dior Lowhorn to add the inside presence and rebounding the Batang Pier sorely lacked during their first three games in the PBA Governors Cup.
Although still feeling the effects of jetlag after arriving in the country last Monday via San Francisco, Lowhorn already joined the team’s practice on Tuesday afternoon at Treston gym in Global City.
Jarencio said the next few days can help Lowhorn get back into shape before the team returns to action on Friday against defending champion San Mig Super Coffee.
“He’s (Dior) an energy guy. Iyung problen namin sa bigs, tapos injured pa nga si (Yousef) Taha, and then si Kelly Nabong injured din, so 'yung problema ng bigs ma-so-solve ngayon kasi nandiyan siya,” Jarencio told Spin.ph shortly after the team’s practice on Tuesday.
Jarencio said the 28-year-old Lowhorn’s statistics last season while playing for Barangay Ginebra convinced him the former University of San Francisco standout can immensely improve the team’s chances for a playoff shot.
“Sa pagdating ni Dior, mag-stabilize na `yung inside presence kasi talo kami sa rebounds. Parang talo kami by 20 plus sa rebounds sa Ginebra, talo kami ng siguro mga six rebounds sa Alaska, tapos talo uli kami sa Rain or Shine (last Sunday),” explained the former University of Santo Tomas head coach.
The 49-year-old Jarencio said with Lowhorn patrolling the shaded lane, shooters like rookies Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia and veterans Mark Macapagal and Alex Cabagnot can be more confident in taking their perimeter jumpers.
“With Dior’s rebounding, it will open up sa mga shooters namin. And suportahan lang ang locals at import, tulungan lang, at least may energy guy at inside player na kaming tutulong sa team” he added.
Globalport currently sports a 1-2 win-loss record in a tie with Rain or Shine and Barako Bull at the bottom half of the standings.
The Batang Pier posted a 95-91 win against the Alaska Aces last week, their only victory so far in the two-week-old tournament.