GLOBALPORT seemed so eager to immediately figure out what went wrong in its 53-point loss to Star in the PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals that the Batang Pier held a players-only meeting shortly after suffering the worst playoff beating in league history.
The rare gathering inside their dugout on Friday lasted more than an hour.
What transpired during the meeting?
“Sa amin na lang yun,” said Batang Pier rising star Terrence Romeo.
GlobalPort lets its game do the talking instead as its squares off against Star at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum for a spot in the semifinals.
Tipoff is set at 5 p.m. with the winner earning the right to face top seed Alaska in the Final Four.
The Batang Pier try to put the defeat behind by displaying the form that earned them the fourth seed and a twice-to-beat advantage.
“Bounce back na lang at keep positive,” said Romeo, the only bright spot among GlobalPort locals last Friday, tallying 18 points on four three-pointers, three assists, and one rebound in 27 minutes.
Import Jarrid Famous seems to have immediately moved on as he played down the Hotshots’ blowout win and expressed confidence of their ability to recover.
“They just did the little things. They did nothing special,” said Famous, who came up with just 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting and 15 boards.
“We’re confident. We can take another game,” the 7-foot American slotman added. “We have to work on things we need to work on. We just got to recuperate.”
For sure, the Hotshots are bracing for a tough stand by the Batang Pier, who allowed the two-time defending champions to shoot 53.8 percent (50-of-93) from the field.
“Hindi na ganun ang laro at depensa nila. Mas hihigpit na yan,” Marc Pingris said. “So dapat wag muna kami matuwa kasi wala pa kaming napapatunayan.”
“The bottom line is we’re playing a ninety-six-minute game,” Hotshots coach Tim Cone said. “We’re only at halftime in our minds. We got to play another forty-eight minutes.”