Jet-lagged Calvin Warner vows best is yet to come after winning debut for GlobalPort
GlobalPort import Calvin Warner tries to block a shot by Danny Seigle. Jaime Campos

CALVIN Warner hit the ground running in his first game back for GlobalPort on Friday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Arriving earlier in the day at 8 a.m., the returning Batang Pier import found himself suiting up less than half a day later in the team’s game against Tropang TNT, leading his team to a 108-101 victory.

Supposedly without spring in his legs after a tiring 30-hour flight from Dominican Republic, where he last saw action, Warner hauled down 21 rebounds on top of 11 points, two blocks, and two assists

“I had a lot of jet lag, it was pretty exhausting,” the 33-year-old cager admitted. “I just tried to fight for my team and give them all I could give today.”

“I didn’t do great, but it was okay,” added Warner, who replaced Brian Williams.

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Batang Pier coach Pido Jarencio lauded his ward for not complaining.

“He’s a true professional,” he said of the 6-foot-5 big man. “Talagang nagtrabaho.”

Warner’s familiarity with the Batang Pier certainly didn’t hurt.

“It's an easy transition,” said the American journeyman, who posted a 2-2 win-loss record with GlobalPort last year. “I just wish I could’ve done better and had more time to get my body adjusted, maybe have a few practices, get my mind right.”

“But it feels good and it's a big advantage to go to a team where you know the players and even the new ones. I'm a team player so it doesn't really matter to me who's in my team. I'm going to fit in with anybody.”

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