BOCAUE - Globalport coach Pido Jarencio understands and is hardly surprised that rookies go through jitters - evident in his greenhorns in the team's 115-104 loss to NLEX on Christmas.
What amazes the returning Batang Pier coach is that shaky starts don't happen to Kiefer Ravena.
While GlobalPort's rookies in Julian Sargent, Lervin Flores, Joseph Gabayni, and Michael Juico combined for just nine points, Ravena played with maturity beyond his years by pouring in 20 points to go with five assists, four steals, two boards, and zero turnover off the bench.
"Medyo may konti pang kaba-kaba (yung rookies ko)," Jarencio said. "Makikita naman natin yun pero maka-adjust din yan, lahat naman ng rookie dumadaan sa ganun e.
"Kaya lang, exceptional lang 'tong si Kiefer e, medyo pumasok talagang hinog na hinog," he added. "Ako naman, positive ako sa mga rookies."
With Stanley Pringle being one of the few bright spots for the Batang Pier in the absence of Terrence Romeo, Jarencio expects the rest of the team, including his rookies , to step up.
"Natural yan kay Stanley especially kung in-shape si Stanley," Jarencio said. "Pero at the same time, gusto kong matututo yung ibang mga kasamahan namin na not just Stanley o Terrence, kailangan they have to do their share, kailangan magtulungan."
"Pero positive pa rin ako sa grupo namin – first game of the season," he was quick to add. "Siguro maraming adjustment, maraming kailangan ayusin pero basta as long as yung mga players nandyan – helping together, we stick together – okay na sakin yun."