GLOBALPORT may have lost its eighth game in a row, but Alex Cabagnot's breakout game has warmed the heart of beleaguered coach Pido Jarencio.
Cabagnot, GlobalPort's prized recruit from San Miguel, had his finest performance in a Batang Pier uniform on Friday night, exploding for 29 points in a game they lost, 91-92, to Talk 'N Text in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
“Ang revelation diyan si Alex,” Jarencio said as he stuck to the positives in what has been a trying first conference as head coach in the pro league.
Prior to Friday’s game, Cabagnot was averaging a career-low of 7.7 points on 28 percent shooting from the field since coming over in the trade that sent Sol Mercado to the Beermen camp.
But the left-handed veteran playmaker went 10-for-18 from the floor and made four three-pointers against Talk 'N Text, including a tough leaner that pulled GlobalPort within one with 3.8 seconds to go.
His heroics went for naught when import Evan Brock missed a tying free throw with 1.9 seconds to go, but Jarencio was glad to see his playmaker regain his top form.
The former University of Santo Tomas coach said the Fil-Am guard is the 'heart and soul' of the team and should play at a high level if GlobalPort hopes to turn its season around in the Governors Cup.
“At least, maging consistent na lang siya (Cabagnot) kasi siya ang heart and soul ng team, eh. At least si Alex nandiyan na,” said Jarencio.
Globalport will try to end its Commissioner’s Cup campaign on a winning note when it faces Barako Bull on Sunday.