WALTHER Sharpe felt he let his team down after Globalport bowed to league-leader Alaska, 85-93 for its seventh straight loss in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Sharpe swore he was a far better player than what people saw on Sunday night, when he finished with just two points and five rebounds in 20 minutes before fouling out with four minutes left in the game.
“I think i didn’t play that aggressive in my first game but I feel like I overdid myself tonight,” Sharpe said. “I didn’t have enough room to mess up in the second half (because of foul trouble), but it’s just one of those nights when I felt I let the team down.”
The University of Alabama-Birmingham product said he’s got five days to make the necessary adjustments before plunging back into action against the resurgent Air21 on Saturday at the Big Dome.
“I have all week to work hard and improve defensively. No excuses but I just got to get better because I’m a better player than that because that’s not just me,” explained the 26-year-old former Detroit Piston forward, who replaced Justin Williams.
Globalport team manager BJ Manalo said despite Sharpe’s listless performance, they have no plans of sacking him even though the Batang Pier have only five games left to resuscitate their sagging fortunes this conference.
“Siyempre, dahil sa fouls eh. Kaya di rin siya (Sharpe) nakadiskarte. He just needs encouragement,” noted Manalo. “Sharpe is just one part of the team. Di naman every time natatalo, sa import na namin sisisihin.”
The Batang Pier currently occupy the bottom of the standings with their abysmal 2-7 record. Globalport has not won in a month, or not since an 89-80 win over Barangay Ginebra on February 15.