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    Globalport back to the drawing board after abrupt end to first playoff appearance

    Sep 28, 2013

    NOW that it finally got a taste of what it felt like to be in the PBA playoffs, top management of Globalport is set to evaluate how the franchise did in its maiden season in Asia’s first play-for-pay league and plan early for the coming 2013-14 playing calendar.

    Although the Batang Pier made the quarterfinals for the first time ever in the season-ending Governors Cup, owner Mikee Romero didn’t deny the need to re-examine what will be the priority of the team when it begins its second season on November 17.

    “Back to the drawing board tayo,” said the sportsman-businessman, his facial expression unable to hide the disappointment he felt as the curtains went down on the Batang Pier's season following a 108-106 loss to Rain or Shine in their quarterfinal playoff.

    Romero will sit down with Globalport basketball operations chief Eric Arejola and the coaching staff headed by Junel Baculi on what course of action the team will take to improve on its 7-32 (win-loss) record.

    If it's any any consolation, the Batang Pier ended the season by qualifying for the playoffs after finishing as the No. 5 seed in the single-round eliminations. Their 4-5 slate also surpassed the combined three wins the team won during the Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup, respectively.

    “I think hindi na masama to finish fifth in a field of 10 in a very competitive league like the PBA,” said Romero, who built a championship dynasty at Harbour Centre during its stint in the defunct Philippine Basketball League.

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    Not loss, too, on the Globalport owner was the effort put up by the Batang Pier against the Elasto Painters, who they stretched to the limit before falling short in the end.

    Globalport even led by as many as 12 points in the third period, and was actually just a point down, 103-104, until Gabe Norwood hit the game-clinching three-pointer in the final 17 seconds to make it a four-point Rain or Shine lead.

    “I think that showed we can compete in this league,” stressed Romero. “We fought the defending champion toe-to-toe, and we almost pulled this one off.”

    Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao gave compliment to the Batang Pier by saying, “It’s a relief we’re able to grind out a win against a team that is getting better every game.”

    Romero is taking the cue from there.

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