GLOBALPORT is looking to put behind it a disappointing meltdown against Purefoods when it locks horns with skidding KIA Motors in the curtain raiser of the PBA Philippine Cup on Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Batang Pier (1-2) blew a seven-point lead in the final three minutes of their game against the Hotshots as Mark Barroca took charge to help the defending champions fashion out an 81-75 come-from-behind win.
Sophomore guard Terrence Romeo said the Batang Pier do not want to dwell much on the loss and instead are focusing on their 4:15 p.m. match against the Sorento, with whom they share identical 1-2 (win-loss) slates.
“Yung last game di na namin iniisip iyan. Ang importante eh paano kami mag-iimprove kasi lahat naman ng teams di mo puwedeng maliitin,” said Romeo, whose scoring average plummeted to just seven points in Globalport’s last two games after opening the season with a huge 33-point output in a 101-94 loss to NLEX.
The Batang Pier will again lean on guards Alex Cabagnot, Stanley Pringle, and Romeo, the team’s so-called ‘three-headed monster’ on offense, hoping to pounce on the inexperience of a Sorento side again seeing action without playing-coach Manny Pacquiao.
The game marks the first time Glen Capacio will be facing GlobalPort, the same team where he once served as interim coach early in the 2012 season before settling as one of the Batang Pier’s assistant coaches till last season.
Capacio is currently the coach-in-commission for Kia while Pacquiao is still in deep training for his upcoming welterweight title defense against Chris Algieri.
“Wala namang pinagbago, basta importante eh focus lang ako at kami kahit na galing pa ako dun (GlobalPort),” said Capacio, whose team dropped its last two games by an average of 30.5 points after opening the season with an 80-66 win over fellow expansion team Blackwater.