PIDO Jarencio's statements after GlobalPort's win over Columbian Dyip on Friday night provided a hint on why the ballclub parted ways with temperamental Kelly Nabong in favor of Gabby Espinas.
“Yung temper ng mga players, medyo kontralado na natin,” Jarencio said after the Batang Pier’s 133-115 rout of Columbian that put them on course for a playoff appearance in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
GlobalPort's decision to let its starting center go in a one-on-one trade with San Miguel for Espinas drew a lot of confused looks, especially with the big leap in Nabong's game under the tulelage of Jarencio.
However, with the improved performances came the constant skirmishes and almost habitual ejections, the last, fittingly enough, coming in his final game with the Batang Pier in a 135-108 rout of Phoenix on Wednesday.
Jarencio, actually, had a lot in his hands.
Import Malcolm White is facing growing accusations of being a dirty player while Mo Tautuaa was slapped a technical for using profane language late in the first half after being called for a blocking foul on Dyip import John Fields.
The difference this time, however, was that Jarencio got calm his players down.
“Actually nung sa dugout after nung first half, pinagalitan ko sila. Kinausap ko na tama na yang mga ganyan at itigil na natin yan kasi wala namang mangyayari eh,” he said.
“A call is a call, judgment call ng referee yan. Pwede ba naming bawiin yan? Ang importante, maglaro lang and at the same time, nandyan naman kaming coaches na nire-remind yung mga referees kung ano yung nakita naming mali na sa tingin nila, tama yung tawag.”
After the halftime talk, the Batang Pier looked a different team in the second half.