THERE’S no doubt in the minds of new import Malcolm White scoring is not a problem for Globalport.
It’s on the defensive end where the Batang Pier need to work doubly hard on defense if they are to turn their fortunes around in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Globalport suffered a fourth straight loss Saturday night following a 118-113 drubbing at the hands of Blackwater, a result of the team’s failure to make the necessary stops especially in the endgame, according to White.
“We got to be better defensively. We have to create an identity on defense,” said the 28-year-old White, who flew in to the country just a day before the Batang Pier’s game against the Elite in the Petron Saturday Special.
“I don’t think we have a problem scoring. We just got to be better defensively. And we got to talk,” he added. “We need to take better shots. That’s easy to achieve, but the main thing is we had to be better defensively.”
The Batang Pier were not lacking in offense on this day when a 5.9 earthquake struck Manila while both teams were playing early in the first quarter.
Terrence Romeo torched Blackwater for 35 points, including a career-high three-pointers, White had 33 in his debut game, while Mike Cortez and Stanley Pringle added 13 apiece.
White also added 17 rebounds and was 15 of 24 from the field as he held his own against Blackwater counterpart Greg Smith.
But as he himself noted, the Batang Pier allowed the Elite to score 31 points in the opening period and had 30 in the final quarter that spelled the difference in the battle between two winless teams.
“We gave them 31 points in the first quarter, and that’s the main thing,” he said.
White admitted jetlag finally got the better of him in the second half as he felt his legs were getting heavy.
“My legs got fatigued,” said White, who wasn’t aware about the earthquake while the game was ongoing.
“I didn’t feel it. Is it normal here?” he asked.
White vows to create an earthquake of his own as he said he’ll finally have his legs and full strength back next game.
“Next game I’ll be better. I’ll come back strong. I’ll have my legs (back),” he said. “I look forward to the next game.”