GLOBALPORT coach Pido Jarencio hinted at some changes in the Batang Pier roster following their sixth straight loss in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Batang Pier remained the only winless team in the import-spiced conference after suffering a 92-109 defeat at the hands of San Miguel Beer on Monday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The rookie mentor, who led University of Santo Tomas to a UAAP championship in 2006, was quick to shoot down suggestions that his coaching style doesn't fit the pro game, and instead rued some players don’t fit his style.
“Bakit hindi (fit ang style ko)?” said the former Tigers coach who also led the school to successive finals appearances before taking on the GlobalPort job. “Yung sa UST, okay naman na yung style namin na yung mga players agresibo, lumalaban. They don’t back down.”
“Ngayon medyo may mga players kami na hindi bumabagay sa amin,” he added. “(Kaya) hanap tayo ng players na bagay sa atin.”
While acknowledging some improvements in the team’s performance, Jarencio rued Globalport’s inconsistencies especially in crucial stages of the games.
“Mayroon na (improvements),” said the former PBA great, whose team came within five points in the fourth quarter against the Beermen before folding up. “Ang tanong ko lang, bakit tumitigil kami ng middle of third quarter or sa fourth quarter? Yun ang hindi ko maintindihan.”
And he can only attribute the breakdowns to some locals whose performances left much to be desired.
“May mga aayusin tayong mga bagay. Hindi natin masabi kung may mga darating na bagong player o may player na mag-stay pa rin dito,” said Jarencio, who refused to reveal names.
“For sure magkakaroon ng movement.”
Asked if he’d like to have his former UST players around, Jarencio answered in the affirmative. “Kung may chance na makuha sila, sana.”
There may be some changes, but one thing will stay the same: hope springs eternal for Jarencio.
“Darating rin yan. Wag lang nating pilitin,” Jarencio said as he pointed out that the Batang Pier are still mathematically alive in the playoff race.