PERHAPS the Batang Pier of Globalport are sensing the handwriting on the wall.
Down to their final four assignments in the team’s maiden PBA conference, the Batang Pier have taken a collective stance to dedicate all their remaining games in the Philippine Cup to interim coach Glen Capacio.
The players came up with the decision in the light of Globalport’s confidence-shattering 81-110 blowout at the hands of Petron Blaze Sunday night before a jampacked Smart-Araneta Coliseum crowd.
Star player Gary David disclosed the special pact reached among players, but would rather not comment on whether Capacio may be on the way out as coach by the end of the Batang Pier’s All-Filipino campaign.
“Gusto niya (Capacio), habang siya pa ang coach, gusto niya makatulong sa bawat isa sa amin. Kasi gusto niya maka-build ng foundation bago man lang siya tanggalin o palitan dahil alam niya interim lang daw siya,” David intimated to Spin.ph when asked what went on inside the gloomy Batang Pier dugout following the 29-point loss.
“Pero sa mga players, siyempre, sa akin, kahit paano, may effect `yung ganitong mga bagay. Sabi pa ni Rommel (Adducul), `yung mga remaining games namin, i-dedicate na lang kay coach para mabigyan siya ng magandang exit,” he added.
The 6-foot-1 David said the Batang Pier hardly showed any pride in their game against the Boosters, who scored at will from beyond the arc, dominated the boards (52-38), and showed better teamwork (31-13 assist advantage).
“Medyo mahirap tanggapin itong laro na ito dahil pinagtawanan kami. wala sa galaw namin na maglaro,” said an obviously dejected David, who struggled from the field with just 10 points on 1-of-8 shooting from the floor.
Globalport management has also been a bit frustrated with the way things are turning out for the team.
At 1-9, the Batang Pier are likely the first of two teams to be booted out after the 14-game elimination phase. The loss on Sunday was also Globalport’s sixth straight, the longest among all current PBA teams.
Still, team manager BJ Manalo said management remains all-out in supporting Capacio and the Batang Pier’s ongoing campaign.
“Masakit lang talaga itong talo namin. But we will keep fighting. And we will keep supporting coach Glen,” said Manalo, amid persistent rumors that the former PBA cager known for his defensive plays may be on the way out in place of former Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi.
Capacio himself understands his situation, aware that he’s just calling the shots for the team on an interim basis.
He stressed he’s committed to laying a solid foundation in Globalport, hoping this could bring a smooth coaching transition, if ever he gets replaced.
“Bilang coach, di ko rin naman alam, kasi as interim lang naman ako, anytime or second conference…,” he said without elaborating.
“Ang gusto ko lang ma-build ang foundation ng team… para kahit sino maging coach diyan, may chemistry na ang mga players, system na lang papalitan,” he added.
Globalport’s last four games incidentally, are against Meralco (Nov. 23), Alaska (Dec. 1), Air21 (Dec. 5), and San Mig Coffee (Dec. 7).