ALEX Cabagnot savored his first win in a GlobalPort uniform on Sunday night, saying the trying adjustment period from Petron/ San Miguel to the Batang Pier has kept him from playing better in the early part of the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
“To tell you frankly, this conference has been very fast. From March 5 to April 13, that’s just about 40 days yung conference,” Cabagnot told sports scribes after helping the Batang Pier score a nail-biting 98-96 win over Barako Bull on Sunday to end the their conference at 1-8.
“I know a lot of critics have been wanting me to play the way I played in Petron, but there’s an adjustment period naman,” he added.
Cabagnot struggled through his first seven games since the surprise trade that saw him swap teams with Sol Mercado as he spent some time trying to fit into his new team and learn coach Pido Jarencio's system.
Before Globalport’s game against Talk ‘N Text on Friday, Cabagnot was averaging career-lows of 7.7 points on 28 percent shooting from the field.
But the 6-0 former University of Hawaii-Hilo standout exploded for 29 points behind four three-pointers in the team’s 91-92 loss to Talk ‘N Text, before finishing with nine of his 14 points in the final period against Barako Bull to save GlobalPort from going winless this conference.
“Most people want me to make those shots right away when I went to GlobalPort, but still there’s an adjustment period for it,” explained the 31-year-old Cabagnot.
“I’m still in the process. We have three weeks to be together, play together and learn coach’s system and master his system, know him more personally on the court and off the court. So we’re hoping for the best next conference,” he added.
Cabagnot said he intends to take a break during the Lenten Season before plunging back to work.
“It’s a tough Lenten season for me. Some tough adversities I had to go through in my faith in God. But I kept my faith, kept praying and just found the treasures in the trials,” he said.