WHILE admitting veteran Alex Cabagnot needs to be consistent, Globalport coach Pido Jarencio kept his full trust in his prized acquisition despite the playmaker’s continued struggle in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Cabagnot has yet to really get going since being acquired by the Batang Pier during the conference break, and his numbers in the team’s 99-75 loss to Rain or Shine on Monday night did not help.
The Fil-Am guard tallied just seven points on 3-of-12 shooting, had two assists, two rebounds, and two turnovers in the team's seventh successive loss under its new coach.
“Dapat maging consistent lang si Alex,” Jarencio admitted. “Dapat maging Alex Cabagnot siya nung nasa Petron tsaka Sta. Lucia.”
Although he has kept his teammates involved, the 31-year-old Cabagnot has reached twin digits in scoring only twice for his new team, where he normed just 7.7 points on 28-percent shooting, 5.7 assists, and 3.3 boards in 36.9 minutes.
In contrast, the lefty point guard averaged 12.4 points, 5.7 assists, and 4.3 rebounds in just 33.4 minutes in 16 games during the Philippine Cup while suiting up for Petron.
“Dapat buhayin niya 'yun,” Jarencio said. “Pero kaya niya 'yun.”
The rookie pro mentor earlier hinted at changes in the Batang Pier’s roster in the midst of the fledgling franchise’s worst start.
And from the looks of it, Cabagnot appears to be safe as Jarencio hinted the two-guard and power forward positions are his two points of concern for the team.
“Lahat naman may problema, pero mas tinitingnan ko yung “dos” at “kuwatro.”
Jay Washington, Ronnie Matias, and Jondan Salvador are the Batang Pier’s power forwards, while Terrence Romeo and Mark Macapagal are some of their shooting guards.