GLOBALPORT and San Mig Coffee look to bounce back from recent losses when they collide on Wednesday night in the PBA Governors Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome.
The Batang Pier, coming off a 95-102 loss to Talk ’N Text on Sunday, hold an even 2-2 win-loss record and sit in the middle of the pack, but are looking to enhance their chances for a spot in the top four with a win against the Mixers, who hold a 1-3 card.
Gametime is at 5:15 p.m.
Coach Junel Baculi said he has no doubt his team now has the talent to compete against the league's marquee teams with the addition of former two-time Best Player of the Conference Jay Washington and all-around import Markeith Cummings.
But for the team to move up to the next level, Baculi said they need to be mentally tough, particularly against the Mixers, who are coming off an 83-89 loss to league-leader Petron Blaze Boosters.
“I think it’s (the improvement needed) more on the mental side because these guys work hard. But sometimes, they get frustrated. We have to have the right attitude whatever comes your way because that’s the true mark of a true champion,” said Baculi.
Baculi said they need to pay close attention to defending San Mig’s import Marqus Blakely, who has been providing energy for the Mixers at both ends of the floor.
James Yap, a former two-time PBA MVP, has struggled in the early part of the conference, but the outspoken Globalport mentor said they just can’t take the San Mig star lightly.
“I told the players that we can beat any team. We just need to work hard and play together. Hopefully, we could get some good breaks but we’ll be facing a tough team again in San Mig,” added Baculi.