New import Shawn Taggart believes GlobalPort can taste success once he links up with Romeo, Pringle
Import Shawn Taggart tallied 36 points on 12-of-23 shooting, 16 boards, three assists, and two blocks, but with seven turnovers in his PBA debut. Jerome Ascano

SHAWN Taggart believes one game is hardly enough sample size to gauge Globalport’s success with him in tow in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

The Batang Pier lost in their new import’s debut, surrendering a 103-101 decision at the hands of Alaska on Saturday.

But Taggart insists the Batang Pier have a bright future especially when Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle return from injuries.

“I feel like we're going to be good,” Taggart said. “Our two key guys are out, but I feel like we're going to glue before Friday's game and we're going to get better.”

The 6-foot-9 American slotman delivered despite arriving just the day before, tallying 36 points on 12-of-23 shooting, 16 boards, three assists, and two blocks, against seven turnovers in 40 minutes.

“We came up short tonight, so it doesn't matter how I did,” Taggart said. “At the end, we had a chance to win, but we didn't get the stops that we needed. I had a lot of turnovers, and I felt that if we cut down on our turnovers and gang-rebound, we would've came out and win the game.

“But the guys fought to the last second, and that's all I could ask for,” he was quick to add.

That gives Taggart confidence that GlobalPort can get over the hump and improve their 2-5 win-loss card.

“I'm very confident that when we put in the work in practice and everybody comes in and put their hearts out, I feel we could come and shock some people, win some games.”

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