Globalport coach Eric Gonzales preaches 'collaboration' for Batang Pier to fully compete
CJ Leslie had 25 points and eight rebounds for Globalport despite being confined in the hospital for two days. Jerome Ascano

GLOBALPORT interim coach Eric Gonzales said the team needs to work as one if it would have to overachieve in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Gonzales stressed the point shortly after the Batang Pier absorbed an 83-70 loss to Purefoods Friday night that saw them relied heavily on ailing import CJ Leslie and shooting guard Terrence Romeo.  

Leslie played through the pain after being confined for two days in the hospital, finishing with 25 points and eight rebounds in a heroic 38-minute effort that went for naught.

“He (Leslie) really wanted to help the team pero pag wala ka talagang lakas, wala eh, bumabagsak lang yung bola sa harap,” Gonzales noted.

Overall, Gonzales said everyone in the team needs to chip in on both ends of the floor in order to achieve its initial goal of reaching the quarterfinals.

“Mahirap naman hingin sa isa lang eh kaya nga yung word ko lagi, collaboration. Co-laborers. Lahat kami, players and coaches magtulung-tulong para mag-improve,” explained Gonzales.

 “Positive naman ako lagi. Iyung import lang, kailangan kahit papaano decent, pero kanina walang difference eh kasi two days na siya di nag-practice so what do you expect?.”

The Globalport import has enough time to recover though since the Batang Pier won’t return to action till next Friday when they face face Rain or Shine at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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