Stand-in coach Cholo Villanueva charges it to experience after GlobalPort collapse
Deputy Cholo Villanueva called the shots for GlobalPort in the absence of Franz Pumaren, who is out of the country on a business trip. Jerome Ascano

IT'S a heartbreaking loss, but an experience that Globalport could learn from.

Deputy coach Cholo Villanueva said a pall of gloom hang over the Batang Pier dugout following the team's sorry 101-99 loss to Phoenix on Wednesday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Astrodome.

In the biggest collapse yet of a team this season, the Batang Pier failed to protect an 87-61 lead early in the fourth and allowed the Fuel Masters to snatch the win.

"Of course, it's very sad with that kind of loss," said Villanueva, who called the shots for Globalport in the absence of head coach Franz Pumaren.

Villianueva said the team applied the same plays Pumaren has been running.

"We ran the same thing. Everything that he does, so there's nothing that we've changed in this game," he stressed.

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But the former La Salle stalwart stressed the setback should only strengthen the Batang Pier as a team.

"Things happened. Again, we learned from that bad experience and move on to the next game."

The Batang Pier will take the rest for the remaining days of the year off before resuming practice on January 3.

Pumaren is also expected to be back in time for Globalport's next game against Meralco when action in the league resumes on January 6 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Batang Pier head coach is currently out of the country on a business trip.

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