SHAWN Taggart feels that he could’ve led GlobalPort to a better position in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup had he arrived sooner than just in the middle of the conference.
The Batang Pier import remained winless in four games since he replaced Calvin Warner after his team surrendered a 116-94 decision at the hands of Rain or Shine on Tuesday night.
“I wish I had come in earlier, had enough time to glue with everybody,” Taggart said in a short chat with Spin.ph after the game. “It’s difficult to acclimate new players into a system that they’ve already been running and then they try to cater to myself and get me the ball. I know they’ve been a guard-oriented team.”
While used to coming in a team in the middle of a conference, the 6-foot-9 journeyman admitted it’s still frustrating this time.
“It’s very frustrating, but I’m a professional,” he said. “I’ve been through these situations before, coming into a team that’s been playing already, just trying to fit in and other guys trying to get used to me and (vice versa).”
The Batang Pier, already eliminated, were poised to live up to their tag as spoilers as they nurtured a five-point lead at half, only to fold in the second half against the E-Painters.
“There were a couple of things working for us, but I feel like we didn’t do what we did in the first half in the second half,” Taggart said.
“We’ve got one more game and I’m confident that if we play the way we need to play like in the first half of this game, we could go and win the next game,” he added.