COACH Pido Jarencio stressed Globalport will have to play consistent basketball for 48 minutes if it wants to put an end to its season-long misery.
The outspoken mentor was a picture of frustration as he watched the Batang Pier break down on defense and score just 32 points in the second half of an 89-71 loss to Barangay Ginebra in their opening game in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Tuesday night.
The Batang Pier shot just 35.2 percent from the field and were outrebounded by a staggering 60-32 difference that netted the Kings a 22-5 second chance points advantage.
“Nung first half, aggressive kami. We were playing good defense. May flow kami sa offense, pero pagdating sa second half, nag-turnaround (ang Ginebra). Tapos nawala yung gigil namin,” rued Jarencio after the game.
The second-half collapse has been a familiar picture for the two-year-old franchise, something which the Batang Pier experienced numerous times during the Commissioner’s Cup where they ended up with a woeful 1-8 win-loss record in Jarencio’s first conference as coach.
“Siguro 'yun ang dapat ayusin, 'yung how to finish strong. Hindi puwedeng pang first half lang kami,” he added.
Given the tournament format of a short nine-game elimination round, Jarencio said it is imperative for the team to regroup fast and correct their mistakes during the course of the third conference starting with the Batang Pier’s next game against Alaska on Friday.