GLOBALPORT tries to give Magnolia a dose of its own medicine as the Batang Pier and Hotshots face off in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on the road on Saturday afternoon at the Angeles University Foundation gym in Pampanga.
Facing one of the best defensive and fast-paced squads in the league, the Batang Pier hope to develop the same reputation, which they plan to show in the the Petron Saturday Special that tips off at 5 p.m.
“Coach wants to be a defensive-first team and a transition team,” Sean Anthony said after the Batang Pier’s 117-106 win over Blackwater last week in Antipolo.
“We're still finding a little bit of our identity, still getting used to playing with each other, still trying to figure out some lineups and whatnot,” he added. “But for the most part, guys are all moving in the right direction, it's looking pretty good.”
Anthony has been heeding coach Pido Jarencio’s call –putting in the work on the defensive end that translates into easy offense as he flirted with a triple-double against the Elite with 29 points, 13 boards, eight assists, and three steals in 38 minutes.
And Anthony continues to team up with Stanley Pringle, Mo Tautuaa and hulking import Malcolm White as they seek to lead the Batang Pier to their third straight win after starting the conference with a loss.
The Hotshots, the runner-up in the last Philippine Cup, started the conference on the wrong foot with an 89-87 loss to Phoenix last Sunday and are eager to bounce back against the Batang Pier behind Vernon Macklin and their guard-oriented attack led by Paul Lee.