IMPORT Michael Glover badly wanted a win in the PBA Governors Cup Sunday night, not only for GlobalPort but also for dearly departed friend.
Glover wore a strip of little bandage just across his cheeks in which he scribbled the name of boyhood pal and college teammate J. Mills, who was gunned down a couple of days ago in Chicago.
J. Mills stands for Jonathan Mills.
The import who goes by the nickname ‘Optimus Prime,’ finished with 27 points – 11 in the third period – and 17 rebounds, but it was not good enough to give the Batang Pier their breakthrough win in the season-ending conference as they fell to the Phoenix Fuel Masters, 120-107.
Glover later said he was actually dedicating his second game in the league to the memory of his fallen comrade.
“This game was for him. Unfortunately, I didn’t come up with the win so I feel kind of bad,” he admitted.
“Second game here in the PBA and I was trying to get to the win column for them (Batang Pier) today. Unfortunately, I was unable to do so.”
Glover said the Batang Pier should have to improve on their defense for the Ws to start coming, which was not the case against the Fuel Masters as debuting import Eugene Phelps torched Globalport for 52 points.
The 28-year-old import said it doesn't look and feel good when somebody scores that much against a team.
“I think we should take that personally. To score 52 points (against you) is pretty embarrassing. I think we need to be proud of our defense,” he stressed.
“I think we need to play better defense. That’s the key to winning and making the playoffs. Defense and rebounding are gonna get us the win.”
Glover suffered a gash on his elbow after it run right smack on the mouth of Phelps while going for a basket in the third period. The Globalport import was whistled for an offensive foul as his Phoenix counterpart was left with a busted lip and a missing front tooth.
“I didn’t know he lost a tooth. I apologized to him. It wasn’t meant to be for him to get hurt,” he said.