THE endgame meltdowns of Globalport in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup will only strengthen the character of the team, so believes veteran guard Gary David.
“Dapat 4-1 na kami ngayon. Pero not bad na `yung 2-3. Di naman pangit yun sa first five games namin,” David told Spin.ph after the Batang Pier’s Tuesday practice at the Moro Lorenzo gym inside the Ateneo campus.
Twice in the import-laden conference, Globalport held a double-digit lead in the stretch, but in both instances, failed to hang on for the win.
The latest collapse came just last Sunday when the Batang Pier allowed the Meralco Bolts to rally from an 11-point deficit in the final four minutes, a fightback which gunner Sunday Salvacion capped with a three-pointer off the glass at the buzzer for a 90-89 cliffhanger.
Exactly two weeks ago, Globalport also went through the same heartbreaking experience as it lost grip of a 10-point lead in the final two minutes of its game against Barako Bull. The Energy Cola unloaded a 22-2 bomb bridging regulation and the overtime period to pull off a dramatic 98-88 win.
“Sa ngayon, kailangan lang talaga namin ng consistency sa offense tsaka sa defense. Kailangan namin ng better judgment sa endgame para mahawakan namin `yung lamang hanggang matapos,” added David, whose team is coming off a forgettable conference debut after finishing dead last at 1-13 in the Philippine Cup.
So far, the 6-foot-2 David is enjoying an injury-free conference as he averages 23 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 37 minutes of play in the mid-season tournament.
With import Justin Williams’ defensive presence complementing the rest of the team, David believes the Batang Pier can get back on the winning track on Saturday when they play defending champion San Mig Coffee in Naga City.