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    Last-minute arrival of Romeo, Garcia turns Globalport's No. 7 pick into gold

    Oct 18, 2013
    Globalport team owner Mikee Romero has already given coach Junel Baculi the instructions to pick the "best talent available" with the No. 7 pick in the first round. Jerome Ascano

    A SOLID back-up to Sol Mercado, or a quality player to fill the spot vacated by the traded Gary David.

    Globalport is currently looking at either prospect as the team studies who to pick with the No. 7 pick overall in the PBA annual rookie draft two weeks from now.

    Globalport coach Junel Baculi was thrilled to know Far Eastern University stars RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo, along with University of Santo Tomas shooting guard Jeric Teng have joined this year’s draft pool.

    “That’s good news sa amin, na magpa-draft` yung tatlo. Para sa amin kasi, the more quality players in the draft, the better the chances we have na makuha ang isa sa kanila,” Baculi told Spin.ph.

    The Globalport coach said team owner Mikee Romero has already given out marching orders for him to get the best available talent once team takes its turn to pick at seventh in the first round.

    “Baka lumusot ang isa sa kanila (among Garcia, Romeo or Teng), siyempre, kukunin namin 'yun. If RR is there, we’ll get him or if Terrence or Jeric are still available, kukunin namin yun,” he added.

    Baculi believes the No. 7 is still high enough to tab a high-quality guard.

    “Kasi sa ngayon, as we continue to rebuild, we are looking for a backup point guard ni Sol Mercado, or even a guard na puwede rin namang makasabay ni Sol sa laro, at the same time, puwede ring mag-filln sa void ni Gary,” he explained.

    The high-scoring David was shipped to Meralco last week along with rookie guard AJ Mandani in exchange for Fil-Am guard Chris Ross, Chris Timberlake, and two future second-round draft picks.

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    Ross’ status remains uncertain, though, pending Globalport management’s decision on whether to trade him again to another team or not during an expected busy offseason.

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    Globalport team owner Mikee Romero has already given coach Junel Baculi the instructions to pick the "best talent available" with the No. 7 pick in the first round. Jerome Ascano
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