GLOBALPORT coach Pido Jarencio refused to pin the blame on rookie guard Terrence Romeo after his questionable endgame decision deprived the Batang Pier a chance to save a 99-102 setback to San Miguel Beer on Tuesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Batang Pier had a chance to go for a potential game-tying three-point shot after Romeo grabbed the defensive rebound off Arwind Santos’ two missed free throws with 8.8 ticks left in the clock.
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“Di na puwedeng magturuan dito eh. Short tournament lang ito. Kung ida-down pa natin ang mga players, baka lalo kami mawala." Globalport coach Pido Jarencio
With Jarencio left with no timeouts, Romeo took matters into his own hands and gutsily raced down court with San Miguel Fil-Am guard Chris Lutz hounding him.
However, the rookie out of Far Eastern University held on to the ball too long, allowing the Beermen defense to deprive him of a clear shot until the buzzer sounded.
“It’s his (Romeo) call na eh. Nakuha niya 'yung bola, eh siyempre, di ka na makaka-instruct ng play dun eh. Basta sabi ko sa kanya go to your spot at atakihin na natin (during the team’s previous timeout),” Jarencio said.
Jarencio explained that in the team’s last timeout just before Santos went to the foul line, he gave a clear instruction to import Dior Lowhorn to set up a screen to one of Globalport’s guards in case the Beermen missed their free throws.
“Sabi ko nga kay Lowhorn mag-screen, pero wala, naipit na si Terrence,” he said.
The first-year Globalport coach said blaming Romeo in the team’s sorry loss won’t do any good to the Batang Pier, who are fighting for dear life in the season-ending PBA Governors Cup after falling to their third straight defeat - and fourth in five games overall.
“Di na puwedeng magturuan dito eh. Short tournament lang ito. Kung ida-down pa natin ang mga players, baka lalo kami mawala,” said Jarencio, whose team led by 17 points before folding up in the end.
Globalport has two days to regroup before taking on Talk ‘N Text on Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.