MORE than chemistry issues, Jay Washington believes slow adjustment to the system of new coach Pido Jarencio had GlobalPort reeling to a second straight loss in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday night.
"Our camarderie as a team is pretty good." Washington, one of the veterans in the team, said moments after Globalport bowed to defending champion Alaska, 77-93, at the Cuneta Astrodome.
"There's really no animosity to each other."
The only thing not going well for the Batang Pier, according to Washington, is the confusion among the players owing to the new system instilled by Jarencio just a month ago.
"When you look at the guys, you can see the confusion in their faces. They want to do the right thing but they are not sure if they're doing the right thing," he added.
The 6-foot-7 two-time Best Player of the Conference awardee said he appreciates the effort of his teammates as they adjust to Jarencio's scheme that emphasizes defense.
"The guys are putting the effort, but it's kinda like, 'Was I doing the right thing?' You can see that when you look around," said Washington.
With seven games left in the team's short elimination round schedule, Washington said the team’s hopes of getting into the quarterfinals lies on the Batang Pier helping each other understand the system.
Admittedly, the former Eckerd College standout said the team could only fast-track its growth when everyone begins to buy into what Jarencio wants this season.
"We're still young, still got a lot of young guys and a new coach, especially with rookies coming in and having a new coach like that. The confidence level is not there yet."
"So we just have to make sure we buy in on what he (Jarencio) wants. That's where we are right now."