Offensive powerhouse GlobalPort looks to focus on defense against NLEX in PBA Philippine Cup
Coach Pido Jarencio and the Batang Pier hope to move up from midtable and close in on the leaders. Dante Peralta

WITH little to worry on offense, GlobalPort aims to work on its defense this time as it tangles with NLEX in the Smart-Bro PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

After getting plenty of contribution outside their dynamic duo in a 120-105 win over Blackwater last Sunday, the Batang Pier look to tighten up on defense as they face the Road Warriors at 4:14 p.m.

The Batang Pier and Road Warriors are tied in fifth spot with identical 4-3 win-loss slates.

“Tingin ko basta't maganda ang laruin naming lahat, magma-matter na lang sa defense,” Batang Pier star Terrence Romeo said.

Although they limited the Elite to just 43-perecent (43-of-101) shooting, the Batang Pier allowed Carlo Lastimosa to register a career-high 31 points on 13-of-24 shooting in 32 minutes.

Good thing GlobalPort clicked on offense as five players scored in double figures, with Romeo and backcourt partner Stanley Pringle leading the way, combining for 40 markers.

“Kailangan lang namin maging consistent,” Romeo said. “Pag maganda ang laro namin at maganda rin ang depensa, malaki ang chance naming manalo.”

“Kung isa o dalawa lang sa amin ang magandang game, sobrang hirap kaming manalo, lalo na kung beteranong team (ang kalaban),” the star guard added.

They may be facing a technically young opponent, with a franchise that only entered the league last year, the Road Warriors are hardly lacking in veteran leadership in Asi Taulava and Sean Anthony.

NLEX is also seeking to recover from an 89-81 loss to Alaska last Friday that put the Aces level with San Miguel Beer at the top of the 12-team standings at 6-1.

The defending champion Beermen try to regain the solo lead as they take on Mahindra (2-5) in the second game of the double-header at 7 o’clock.

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