GlobalPort 'not even close' to where we want to be, says guard Alex Cabagnot
Alex Cabagnot says GlobalPort needs to keep working on its chemistry. Jerome Ascano

YENG Guiao may have paid the ultimate complement when he said GlobalPort is a “fast-rising team,” but Batang Pier playmaker Alex Cabagnot feels they still have a lot to work on to become the kind of team they want to be.

“We’re still improving, but we’re not even close to where we want to be right now,” Cabagnot said shortly after GlobalPort blew a seven-point, fourth quarter lead in an 83-86 loss to Rain or Shine on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The six-foot Cabagnot actually had two chances to salvage the game for GlobalPort in the final seconds, but both times the left-handed guard failed to make the shot against Gabe Norwood’s leech-like defense.

At 3-3, GlobalPort remains in the hunt for a playoff berth halfway through the PBA Philippine Cup.

Guiao was pretty impressed with the way GlobalPort pushed his team, particularly in the second half which saw the three-year-old PBA franchise outscore the Elasto Painters, 34-14.

“This (GlobalPort) team is rising up in the league and they are giving the veteran teams a really hard time,” said Guiao.

However, Cabagnot said that with seven new players led by top rookie pick Stanley Pringle coming in this season, chemistry remains a big issue for the GlobalPort franchise.

“There’s a lot of new guys (this season). I think I’m one of three or four holdover (players) from last season so we have a lot of new guys and we’re still working on it (chemistry),” the 31-year-old Cabagnot pointed out.

GlobalPort’s last five games won’t be easy, though, since up next for the Batang Pier on Tuesday is Talk ‘N Text, followed by Alaska on November 22 in Cagayan de Oro City, San Miguel Beer (Nov. 25), Barangay Ginebra (Nov. 30) and Meralco (Dec. 9).

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