GLOBALPORT coach Pido Jarencio hopes to dodge an antiperfect conference as the Batang Pier collide with a fading Barako Bull squad in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Batang Pier have lost eight games and have one chance to avoid going on vacation winless.
They bowed recently to league-leader Talk ’N Text, 91-92, after import Evan Brock missed his second free throw that could have tied the game with 1.9 seconds in the game.
“Siyempre ayaw natin ma-zero for the conference. We’ll go all-out for the win,” said Jarencio, whose team.
Gametime is at 3 p.m.
The Batang Pier will still be undermanned with rookie guard Terrence Romeo (back), Jewel Ponferrada (nose), Eric Menk (hamstring) and Jay Washington (flu) expected to miss the team’s last game for the import-spiced conference.
Playmaker Alex Cabagnot is coming off a conference-high of 29 points, six rebounds and seven assists against the Texters, and Jarencio hopes to get the same numbers again from their prized recruit.
Barako Bull (2-6), meanwhile, tries to bounce back from a 98-105 loss to Meralco and keep its flickering playoff hopes alive.
But the Energy’s playoff chances are no longer in their hands.
Their only hope is that none among Rain or Shine, Air21 and Ginebra will go beyond three victories to forge a playoff for the No. 8 spot.