GLOBALPORT looks to score a second straight victory, while Blackwater hopes to bounce back from an opening-day defeat as the Batang Pier and Elite collide on Friday in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Led by Terrence Romeo, the revamped Batang Pier now featuring local big men Doug Kramer and Billy Mamaril and imports Patrick O’Bryant and Omar Krayem, smothered Meralco, 92-73 to kick off their campaign in the third conference on a high note.
“Komportable ako na nakuha ko yung dalawang big na si Kramer and Mamaril kasi may leadership saka winners sila, para matuto yung mga batang players,” said Pido Jarencio, reinstated as Globalport coach after being designated as a consultant following two and a half conferences of struggles.
“Nung mawala ako, kahit paano, siyempre may pagkukulang din ako kaya nakapag-isip-isip din ako. Ngayon, at least gumanda yung takbo kahit paano,” he added.
Game time is at 4:15 p.m.
Sophomore guard Terrence Romeo is again expected to deliver big numbers after scoring 27 points against the Bolts.
Rookie playmaker Stanley Pringle is a game-time decision as he recovers from a right ankle sprain that sidelined towards the end of the Commissioner’s Cup.
Should Pringle sit it out for the second straight game this conference, the 5-foot-11 Krayem will be ready to step up once more.
The Palestinian playmaker scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds and added four assists in his PBA debut.
“Si Omar, talagang pinili namin yun kasi kailangan namin ng pamalit kay Stanley,” Jarencio said.
GlobalPort will be facing a Blackwater side that opened its campaign with a humiliating 106-80 loss to Alaska.
Blackwater coach Leo Isaac admitted the Elite’s lackluster game was far from what they have been showing in practice and during their two tuneup matches.
“Malayo sa laro ng Alaska yung talagang laro namin,” said Isaac.
“Kasi bago pa nagpunta yung Sinag (Gilas cadet) sa Seaba, nag-tune up pa kami with them and Ginebra. Eh maganda naman nilaro namin,” he added.
Isaac said they’ve already made the necessary adjustments on offense and defense, aware that GlobalPort will try to impose its size and outside shooting against them.
“Parang gigil na gigil kami sa Alaska in trying to score points and talagang parang naging individual plays na lang kami,” he said, whose team will again be leaning on Gilas naturalized slotman Marcus Douthit.