AFTER yet another loss in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Franz Pumaren refused to discount the possibility of shaking up the team roster in a bid to boost team's playoff bid.
Pumaren made the admission in light of the Batang Pier’s 109-88 setback at the hands of TnT KaTropa on Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“I’ve seen what we have right now, and I’ll be a hypocrite if I would tell everybody that I’m satisfied with the current group,” he stressed.
“I’m here. Management is here. We’re here to make sure that we can get the best possible players that can help us. We’re looking to make some changes for our group.”
GlobalPort actually already made some lineup changes during this mid-season conference.
The Batang Pier let go of veteran big man KG Canaleta to get the services of Dylan Ababou and James Forrester. They also dumped import Sean Williams in favor of Malcolm White.
And judging from the way things are going for the franchise, Pumaren appears ready to pull the trigger anew.
“We know what we’re missing, we know what we can get from the other guys, so we just have to plug the hole,” said the Globalport mentor.
Behind all of this, Pumaren still believes Globalport remains in the hunt for a playoff berth.
And all it takes for the Batang Pier to turn things around is to play consistently and get the needed help from guys who, according to him, should ‘be helping us.’
“Bench is not really there,” said Pumaren in the aftermath of the team’s 109-88 setback at the hands of TnT Katropa on Friday night.
“And in order for us to turn it on this conference, we have to play consistently. Basketball is not 24 minutes, 32 minutes,35 minutes. It’s the whole 48 minutes.”
Against the Texters, the Batang Pier seized a 49-47 lead only to allow the opposition to score seven unanswered points at the close of the opening half to trail, 56-49, at the break.
In the second half, TnT just blew Globalport apart and sent them reeling to its fifth loss in six outings.