SUDDENLY Globalport’s game plan against Meralco is in shambles.
The Batang Pier learned on Thursday afternoon that they will be one big man less when they go up against the Bolts in Friday’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup following the one-game suspension meted on 6-foot-8 Mo Tautuaa.
On short notice, Globalport learned it has to make do without Tautuaa in a game against Arinze Onuaku and the Bolts.
‘Nakapag-practice na kami kanina with Mo, now we have to go over our game plan anew,” said team manager Bonnie Tan, who accompanied Tautuaa, Batang Pier Joseph Gabayni and import Malcolm White in their appearance before Marcial.
“We respect the decision of the Office of the Commissioner. Nagkataon lang yung timing may game kami bukas.”
Other than the suspension, Tautuaa was also fined P25K for committing a flagrant foul 2 for twice kicking Tyler while hanging on the rim, and an additional P10K for blurting out obscene language as he made his way out of the Smart Araneta Coliseum floor for a total of P35K.
Marcial explained to Tan that he had to do his job.
“I told them we’re all friends here, but I have no choice,” said the commissioner.
Gabayni and White on the other hand, were fined P5K each after being whistled for flagrant foul 1 infractions against Roger Pogoy and Jessie Saitanan, respectively.
“I owned up to it and I just have to move on from it and just come with a better professionalism next game,” said White, who is in his second tour of duty with the franchise.
It was the first time Gabayni was summoned by the league and regretted committing the violation.
“Hindi naman yun sinasadya, siguro nadala lang nung init ng laro,” said the rookie big man. “Wala naman akong intention na manakit. Hindi naman ako kilalang player na ganun, may respeto din naman ako sa kanila.”
The Batang Pier lost to the Katropa, 128-114, in their first game without former star player Terrence Romeo, who they traded for Tautuaa during the season break.
The Bolts meanwhile, won their debut game, 116-103, against Columbian Dyip on Wednesday.