GLOBALPORT looked impressive in its first two preseason matches against visiting foreign teams, but franchise owner Mikee Romeo reiterated the new-look Batang Pier remain a work in progress.
“It’s a work in progress. We’re a completely different team now,” Romero told Spin.ph. “Actually malayo pa, marami pa kaming gustong gawin, that’s why sabi ko sa team, we have 11 new players, so it’s a completely new team. They have to understand the system.”
The sportsman-businessman watched GlobalPort eke out a 79-78 win over the Changwon LG Sakers of Korea and was also in the sidelines when the Batang Pier whipped Kuwait on Saturday night, 71-49, in a highly-physical game that was later halted after Terrence Romeo and a Kuwaiti almost came into blows.
Romero explained not all of the team’s pieces are already aligned with the team as the Batang Pier still miss injured veterans Alex Cabagnot, Yancy de Ocampo, and Kelly Nabong, while rookies Prince Caperal and Anthony Semerad are still playing in the NCAA.
Fil-Am forward Jay Washington, on the other hand, just arrived a few days ago along with the Gilas Pilipinas team, fresh from its campaign in the Fiba-World Cup held in Seville, Spain.
The Batang Pier upgraded their backcourt in the offseason with the entry of top rookie pick Stanley Pringle, who has so far blended well with sophomore guard Terrence Romeo.
The youthful GlobalPort big boss said the team intends to play between 12 to 15 preseason games in order to get everyone comfortable playing with one another and establish a chemistry before the new season.
“We have until the start of the conference to have at least 12 to 15 practice games, para magkakilanlan sila. But so far, marami pa akong magagandang nakikita, 'yung depensa namin okay, pero yung takbuhan, marami pang one-on-one masyado,” he added.
GlobalPort posted a woeful 7-57 win-loss record overall during its first two seasons in Asia’s first professional basketball league and Romero admitted the improved roster could change their fortunes.
But all that will depend on how committed everyone will be to the system of coach Pido Jarencio, he said.
“Ang finished product namin sabi ko eh parang yung mga Koreans dapat. I’m very impressed with how disciplined they are kasi yun ang gusto kong ball movement namin,” the young businessman-sportsman said.