EVEN in the midst of the franchise’s current struggle in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Globalport management expressed its full backing on new coach Pido Jarencio.
On Saturday Jarencio was again the subject of criticisms after the Batang Pier absorbed a fourth straight loss at the hands of Meralco, 104-99, and remained as the only winless team in the mid-season conference.
Still, team manager BJ Manalo said the Batang Pier are all behind the embattled coach.
“These (losing) are birth pains. I think every team in the PBA has gone through this,” Manalo told Spin.ph following the loss to the Bolts.
“Siyempre, medyo malungkot din, pero tamang perspective lang kasi full support pa rin ang management kay coach Pido at sa coaching staff,” added the youthful Globalport official.
“These are the times that I have to be there, to also remind everyone to keep our eyes on the goal kasi alam naman namin na lahat ng ito eh part ng process.”
Hopes were high when Globalport named Jarencio as its new coach prior to the start of the tournament,
Jarencio, who took over the reins from interim coach Richie Ticzon, is fresh from steering the University of Santo Tomas to back-to-back UAAP finals appearances in men’s basketball the last two seasons.
Jarencio also won a UAAP title in his first coaching stint with the Growling Tigers during the 2006 season when they beat the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the Finals.
At the same time, the Batang Pier also made some player movement during the conference break, acquiring veteran point guard Alex Cabagnot and Bonbon Custodio in a trade, while giving up Solomon Mercado to San Miguel Beer.
But things didn’t go the way Globalport envisioned it as the Batang Pier only have five games to go in the shortened nine-game elimination round format.
“You always look at the bright side. Coach Pido is feeling the system at ganun din naman ang mga players,” said Manalo.
The Batang Pier manager said he believe losses like these could hopefully build the character of the team, which has four rookies and two sophomore this season.
“Itong mga losses na ito can be good for the team in the long run.”