GLOBALPORT team owner Mikee Romeo is taking it one game at a time as far as the status of coach Pido Jarencio is concerned.
Jarencio may have gained a new lease on life after steering the Batang Pier to a 91-81 win over Barako Bull Energy in the curtain raiser of Sunday’s PBA Philippine Cup doubleheader at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“There’s no decision yet (on Jarencio’s status). So far we won the game and yung change, it’s just tsismis lang,” Romero told mediamen in the wake of a report by Spin.ph that the team is talking to Franz Pumaren as a replacement for Jarencio.
But the youthful sportsman-businessman admitted that he gave the GlobalPort coaching staff a dressing down following the team’s 101-96 loss to newcomer NLEX last Tuesday.
The Batang Pier erected a double-digit spread during the early part of the second half of the game against the Road Warriors, only to fade badly in the end.
“After ng talo naming sa NLEX, medyo na-sermonan ko ang mga coaches ko,” he said. “But right now, coach Pido is still our coach. He will remain.”
The soft-spoken GlobalPort big boss, however, stressed that like any other PBA coach, Jarencio’s status will still be based on how the team performs this season.
“Of course, ang coaches sa PBA are evaluated based on their performance, pero masyado pang maaga mag-change ng coach,” he said.
“We’re just two games (to the Philippine Cup). It’s still very, very early, so to be fair for coach Pido, we’re giving him more chances.”
Under Jarencio, GlobalPort won just twice in 16 games last season, prompting management to overhaul the team’s roster this season and bring in a bevy of talent led by top rookie pick Stanley Pringle.
GlobalPort also brought in rookies Anthony Semerad from five-time NCAA men’s basketball champion San Beda, Paolo Taha from College of St. Benilde along with Adamson’s Roider Cabrera and Arellano University’s John Pinto.
Aside from that, the Batang Pier got veterans Mark Isip, Noy Baclao, and Jojo Duncil.