GLOBALPORT scoring leader Terrence Romeo wants better effort overall, while top local rebounder Doug Kramer said the team needs better ball distribution to end its slide in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
The Batang Pier have dropped two straight games after starting the conference with three wins, the last a heartbreaking defeat to erstwhile winless Rain or Shine in Dubai over the weekend.
The Batang Pier are now with their third import in five games, and look much different on the court than when they opened the conference with wins over Meralco, Blackwater and defending champion Star.
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Romeo scored a PBA career-best 40 points in Dubai but that wasn’t enough for GlobalPort to overcome Rain or Shine.
“Sobrang gusto ko manalo kasi para gumanda 'yung standings namin at makataas ng confidence namin,” Romeo told Spin.ph, just before the team’s practice on Monday at the Moro Lorenzo gym inside Ateneo.
But the 23-year-old former Far Eastern University star admitted sustaining their effort will always be a challenge, especially since other PBA squads have excellent scouting reports on them.
“Pero mahirap talagang i-maintain at ma-straight 'yung (consistent) every game. Kasi every team, ini-scout ka, so kami, kailangan mag-adjust, magpe-prepare na lang kami at dadagdagan yung effort namin,” he added.
On the other hand, newly-acquired big man Kramer said the 11 assists they registered in the loss to Rain or Shine simply weren’t enough.
“We need to move the ball more and get the guys involved more because as a team, we only got 11 assists. That’s unacceptable for a team to give out,” said the 6-foot-4 Kramer, the team’s top local rebounder with 7.8 rebounds per game average.
“Safe na siguro yung 18 to 22 assists. That’s gonna be very good for a team already because you can involve the other guys,” he added.
Kramer hopes the next few days will give the Batang Pier enough time to regroup and blend better with Jarrid Famous, the team’s third import this conference.
“Jarrid is already our third import in our first five games and he only had one practice before we played Rain or Shine. So this week is a blessing in disguise because we have enough time to practice with him before we play Talk ‘N Text,” said the former Ateneo big man.
Famous, who is fresh from a stint with the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League, debuted with 26 points and 16 rebounds against Rain or Shine.