BARANGAY Ginebra and GlobalPort seek to show better defensive discipline when the two teams face off on Sunday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Gin Kings committed 37 fouls, 10 more than NLEX had, in their 114-112 overtime loss to the Rad Warriors last Friday, leaving coach Tim Cone disappointed with his wards.
“We gave up too many fouls,” Gin Kings playmaker LA Tenorio said. “We just have to adjust to the calls and referees. We don’t have any control sa ganun eh, so kailangan lang mag-adjust kami.
“Defensively, we were too aggressive,” he added. “But we’ll be fine.”
The Batang Pier, on the other hand, gave up 111 points to a Mahindra side that saw its import, Augustus Gilchrist, hardly dominant in their game also last Friday.
Terrence Romeo matched his career-high of 41 points, but GlobalPort’s one-man show still proved insufficient to negate the Enforcers’ balanced local effort in the 111-98 loss.
“Mas kailangan namin mag-rely sa depensa eh,” Romeo said. “Kasi score kami ng score tapos makaka-score rin yung kalaban namin, so useless din.”
“Kaya dapat ma-stop muna namin yung mga kalaban namin,” the prolific Batang Pier star added.
Now, the Gin Kings and Batang Pier collide at 5:15 p.m. aiming to get on the winning track in the midseason tournament.
Mahindra and Blackwater seek an encore to their opening wins as they square off in the curtain-raiser on Valentine’s Day at 3 o’clock.