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    Jong Baloria, Jeff Viernes fight for 15th and final spot in GlobalPort lineup

    Apr 13, 2018
    Jong Baloria vies for a spot in the GlobalPort lineup on Friday. Karlo Sacamos

    GLOBALPORT is dangling its remaining vacant roster spot to two journeyman guards who are trying to relive their PBA dream.

    The Batang Pier are taking a look at hopefuls Jong Baloria and Jeff Viernes, who showed their wares in the team’s tune-up game against Phoenix on Friday morning.

    “May okay, may hindi (sa performance nila),” GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio said. “Basta may nakikita kaming gusto namin, merong nakikitang medyo kulang. Pero for sure yung management nandito naman, ire-report na sa taas yan, alam na kung sino ang gusto nila.”

    “Basta importante, nakita natin yung mga bata,” he added. “Kung may opportunity, i-grab nila yun – pag nandyan na sila. Pag wala, laro lang. Life must go on. Malay mo, sa isang pagkakataon, makukuha din nila.”

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      GlobalPort currently has 13 locals in its roster and one import in Malcolm White, leaving one spot open in its 15-man roster – and possibly one more as a practice player.

      “Pwede pa kaming isang slot. Actually, pwede pa kaming dalawa nga…pero ngayon, fifteen players lang eh,” Jarencio said.

      Baloria last played for Mahindra two years ago, but showed he still has it by strutting his stuff in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) with the Parañaque Patriots under former University of Perpetual Help coach Aric del Rosario.

      “Malaking tulong din sa akin yung paglalaro sa Maharlika,” the 27-year-old former NCAA Rookie of the Year said. “Tiyaga-tiyaga muna, kung mabigyan ng chance.”

      Viernes played briefly for Phoenix last year, but his stint was abruptly cut short when he was caught playing in a league outside the PBA, prompting him to take his talents to the Thai league, then the D-League.

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      Jong Baloria vies for a spot in the GlobalPort lineup on Friday. Karlo Sacamos
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