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    GlobalPort eyes import change, but Pumaren admits timing poses problem

    Apr 5, 2017

    GLOBALPORT is considering changing its import after suffering a third straight loss in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Wednesday night.

    But the timing poses a dilemma.

    GlobalPort coach Franz Pumaren admitted looking for a replacement for Sean Williams in the aftermath of the Batang Pier's 113-96 setback against Barangay Ginebra at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Williams finished with only 13 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. But bringing in a replacement at this time may pose a problem since the Batang Pier are seeing action again on Saturday.

    "Of cours we're considering," he said. "But we play again Saturday so I don't think it would be a wise move."

    The Batang Pier mentor said the team has no stand-by import at the moment.

    "At this stage, wala pa," he said. "But we're considering all aspects."

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    Pumaren, however, didn't spare his local players from blame, saying they should've stepped up with the import playing below par.

    "Our import may not be producing import-like numbers, so as I've said earlier, our locals should start doing their share," he stressed.

    Still, Pumaren remains confident about the team's playoff chances notwithstanding a slow start to the mid-season tournament.

    "I'm still confident. I'm not pushing the panic button yet. We still have eight games," he added.

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