GLOBALPORT went on a tear ealy before coasting to a 97-75 win over a lackluster Mahindra side in the two teams' debut in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Terrence Romeo scored 29 points while Stanley Pringle added 16 in a game that showcased GlobalPort's usual flashy scoring but also its newfound depth with new boys like JR Quinahan, Mick Pennisi and KG Canaleta in its lineup.
Despite the rainy weather outside, the Batang Pier waxed hot right from the get go at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, scoring the first 13 points of the game to set the tone for the lopsided match that served as a rousing welcome for coach Franz Pumaren.
It was a 48-26 at the break and GlobalPort's advantage reached its peak at 61-34 at the halfway mark of the third period when the Batang Pier can’t seem to do anything wrong and the Floodbusters can’t seem to do anything right.
The 22-point win by the Batang Pier was the most lopsided so far in the league’s 42nd season.
“It’s a good opportunity for us to at least see where we are right now,” said Pumaren, who officially took over the coaching job for the team on the eve of the match after initially serving as consultant the previous season.
“It’s nice to be back,” added Pumaren, who last handled Air21 in the league. “I’m just here on a transition basis as management hope I would be able to bring what I accomplished with Adamson in the last UAAP (campaign).”
Globalport management quickly extended its gratitude to Adamson for allowing Pumaren to handle the team despite having an existing contract with the school.
"We would like to thank Adamson for allowing Franz (Pumaren) to handle the team," said Globalport alternate governor and AirAsia executive Eric Arejola. "We hope Franz can achieve what he had just accomplished for Adamson in the UAAP."
Terrence Romeo tospcored for Globalport with 29 points and engineered the early breakaway by the team.
Off-season acquisition Quinahan fired 10 points, while Canaleta added nine with 11 rebounds.
Despite the dominant showing, Pumaren is still far from satisfied.
“Right now it’s still a long way. We’re still groping for form. You have to understand that we have seven to eight new players, so this is an entirely new Globalport team. Obviously, they’re still adjusting to what I’m trying to teach,” said Pumaren, who took over the coaching chores from Johnedel Cardel.
Mahindra got a team-high 17 points from new player Alex Mallari, but obviously struggled playing as a cohesive unit following an offseason in which the Floodbuster inexplicably let go of go-to-guys Aldrech Ramos and Canaleta, along with promising big man Bradwyn Guinto.
GlobalPort 97 - Romeo 29, Pringle 16, Quinahan 10, Canaleta 9, Pessumal 8, Aban 5, Pennisi 5, Semerad 5, Maierhofer 4, Mamaril 4, Saitanan 2, Cortez 0, Dehesa 0, Paredes 0.
Mahindra 75 - Mallari 17, Deutchman 14, Apinan 10, Celda 10, Escoto 6, Revilla 5, Yee 5, Digregorio 4, Arana 2, Eriobu 2, Salva 0, Paniamogan 0, Nimes 0, Galanza 0, Ballesteros 0.
Quarterscores: 24-19, 46-28, 70-45, 97-75