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    Outcoached Baculi takes blame for blowout loss

    Feb 20, 2013

    JUNEL Baculi had one simple reason for Globalport’s 20-point blowout at the hands of Talk `N Text Wednesday night.

    He was totally outcoached by Tropang Texters’ counterpart Norman Black.

    “I commend coach Norman for doing his job and I didn’t do my job,” Baculi said after the Batang Pier’s 79-99 loss – their second in four outings in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

    Globalport managed to keep the game close during the first half, but just couldn’t sustain its offense in the final two quarters when Talk `N Text blew the game apart.

    At the same time, Baculi thought his team’s second unit failed to sustain the gains it had in the first half.

    “I told my team that the second stringers or the guys coming off the bench are as important as our starters. You can see with Talk ‘N Text, they just don’t rely on their first five alone. We need to develop that attitude among our reserves,” said the new Globalport coach.

    Statistics will bear Baculi out.

    The Tropang Texters’ reserves completely outscored the Batang Pier's, 44-16, with former league MVP Jimmy Alapag getting 15 points and seven assists  off the bench on the way to earning Best Player of the Game honors.

    To make matter worse, Globalport’s prized big man Japeth Aguilar had a lackluster game, finishing with just four points on 1-of-8 shooting from the floor.

    “But we will adjust, and we will see what we can do to make sure we get others involved on offense,” said Baculi.

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