GLOBALPORT coach Pido Jarencio rued a lack of effort down the stretch from the Batang Pier that saw a solid start go to waste against a champion team like Ginebra.
Despite missing top scorer Terrence Romeo, the Batang Pier had control over the Gin Kings for pretty much the whole game before succumbing to a late Ginebra rally to suffer a 104-97 defeat on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“We played 45 minutes good basketball and the last three minutes we gave up,” said Jarencio, who nonetheless added that he remained pleased with his ward’s efforts.
“Yun lang yun. We made mistakes on defense, nag-turnover. Yun. It’s up na dapat for sure, hindi kami ganun. Dapat consistent siguro. It’s a lesson learned, pero maganda yung tinakbo,” he added.
GlobalPort played well on both ends for the first three quarters, even taking a 77-68 lead after three quarters.
A Stanley Pringle three-pointer gave the Batang Pier their last lead, 96-95, with 2:44 left in the game but Ginebra leaned on the steady hands of LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar to end the game on a 9-1 rally and remain unscathed after two games.
“Yung defense namin (ang problema), LA hitting those three-point shots in the corner and on the defensive side pa rin sa ball screen, we double na di naman kailangan i-double and Japeth gets the ball for the three-point play,” rued Jarencio. “On our plays, we’re not hitting our shots, yun ang nangyari.”
Despite a 0-2 start to the PBA Philippine Cup, Jarencio remains positive, especially with how his team played in those losses. The fiery mentor just hopes for a little consistency for the entire game from the Batang Pier for them to barge into the win column soon.
“Positive tayo, mahaba pa yan, marami pang laro. We just played two playoff teams in NLEX and Ginebra,” Jarencio said. “Kaya for sure basta ganyan maging consistent lang, kami we play consistent basketball not just 45 minutes but 48 minutes.”