GLOBALPORT coach Pido Jarencio says they are hoping to sign an import soon and make the necessary changes not only in the player lineup but also the coaching staff ahead of the PBA Governors’ Cup.
Jarencio had been hinting at changes in the team during their tumultuous Commissioner’s Cup campaign and with the conference over, management is expected to decide who stays or who goes.
“Mag-uusap kami ng management. Siyempre, evaluation pa rin ng lahat yun players, even sa coaching staff. So kung kailangan ba ng changes or stay pa rin sa lineup,” said Jarencio, whose team is taking a break this week before resuming practice next Monday.
Although he says he liked what he saw in the last two games — a narrow loss to league leading Talk ’N Text and a somehow convincing win over struggling Barako Bull — Jarencio believes they could have jelled much quicker.
With four new acquisitions plus four new rookies under Jarencio’s new system, Globalport failed to compete against the league’s established teams.
Among the acquisitions before the conference was veteran playmaker Alex Cabagnot, who was expected to take charge early, but it took a while for him to adapt to the new Batang Pier style.
He did shine in the 98-96 squeaker over Barako Bull, coming up with clutch shots in the lone victory in the nine-game eliminations for Globalport.
The Batang Pier also had a chance to score a win against the Tropang Texters last week, but import Evan Brock missed his second free throw in the final 1.9 seconds, allowing Talk ’N Text to escape, 92-91, for a sweep of the single-round eliminations.
“Yung last two games namin medyo gumanda na rin takbo namin so iniisip ko nga ngayon, going to the third conference, at least maayos na takbo namin saka adjusted na ang players,” explained Jarencio, who steered University of Santo Tomas to the 2006 UAAP men’s basketball titles as well as back-to-back runner-up finishes the last two seasons.