Misfiring GlobalPort must find mark to have a chance in must-win vs Blackwater, says coach
Stanley Pringle, back from a two-game absence following the demise of his father, struggled from the floor by going 2-of-15. Photo from PBA

NO way GlobalPort could win over Star in their PBA Governors Cup game the way the team shot Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Coach Franz Pumaren lamented the poor shooting of the Batang Pier against the Hotshots that saw them converted just 31-of-85 from the field for a paltry 36 percent norm.

Stanley Pringle, back from a two-game absence following the demise of his father, struggled from the floor by going 2-of-15, so did backcourt partner Terrence Romeo who was 3-of-16, while do-it-all forward Sean Anthony was 4-of-10.

Pringle finished with just five points, while Romeo and Anthony combined for 23 points.

"We struggled so how can we beat a team like that?," was the simple explanation of Pumaren about GlobalPort's third straight loss to fall at 3-6 overall and on the verge of missing the playoffs.

But everything is water under the bridge now. The Batang Pier have one important game coming Sunday against Blackwater in a must-win game against them to stay in the fight for a quarterfinals berth.

"That's why I pulled them out early because they need rest," said Pumaren, who took out his key players when the outcome of the game was already in favor of the Hotshots midway in the final quarter.

"We don't have to be a scientist to figure that out," said Pumaren of the Blackwater game.

"It's a must-win for us."

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