GLOBALPORT lamented its failure to bring on board Asian import Tyler Lamb, who the team really felt could've been a major boost to its PBA Governors Cup campaign.
Batang Pier consultant Franz Pumaren said the Thai-American would have been a perfect fit for the team’s run and gun game anchored on the prolific duo of Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle.
“His brand of game is really suited for us,” said Pumaren of the 25-year-old American-schooled player.
Lamb’s failure to secure a certification from Fiba regarding his eligibility to play for the Thailand national team forced Globalport to abandon for the moment its plans to tap the services of the former UCLA stalwart, especially with only four games remaining in its elimination round schedule.
A Fiba certification is among the prerequisites, along with being a natural born citizen, a non-naturalized player, and not above 6-foot-3, by the league for Asian imports.
Lamb is still waiting to get his Fiba certification, but already left for Thailand on Monday.
He did practice with the Batang Pier thrice already and even made the trip to Legazpi City where Globalport came back in the final minutes to stun Rain or Shine, 101-99.
Based from what the team saw, Lamb would have been a welcome addition to the Batang Pier.
“Hindi ko siya nakitang mag-practice, but yung coaching staff and the players themselves said maganda kung nakalaro talaga siya,” said Globalport alternate board of governor Eric Arejola.
“He can fill in the No. 3 spot which is actually yung isa sa mga weakest links namin,” he added. “Imagine him, playing at forward and sila Terrence and Stanley ang backcourt namin.”
The Batang Pier will now try to go with what they have when the team stakes its three-game winning streak against league leader TNT Katropa on Wednesday.
Thanks to their winning run, the Batang Pier had managed to climb out of the cellar and remain in the hunt for a playoff berth with a 3-4 (win-loss) record.
But they face a Texters side which is raring to bounce back from its first ever loss in the conference courtesy of Mahindra, 107-104. Despite the setback though, the team remains on top of the standings with a 6-1 mark.