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    Surprise Globalport choice Ticzon preaches team play as he seizes 'great opportunity'

    Nov 9, 2013
    Former Ateneo star Ritchie Ticzon replaces Junel Baculi as he takes over a Globalport team that has undergone a major revamp in the offseason. Jerome Ascano

    RITCHIE Ticzon’s first order of business upon assuming the coaching job at Globalport is to preach team play.

    “I'm really excited with this (coaching). Again, as I've been telling the guys especially our rookies, it's gonna take a collective effort,” said Ticzon, who was named Globalport coach on an interim basis on Saturday replacing Junel Baculi.

    “I'm really excited with this (coaching opportunity)."

    Ticzon, who had a brief stint with Shell in the PBA in the 1990s, was originally hired as one of Globalport’s assistant coaches two weeks ago along with Eric Gonzales and Mac Cuan.

    It turned out management had other plans for him.

    Ticzon said he’s is ready to face the challenges of handling a young franchise that is on a rebuilding mode after acquiring blue-chip rookies during the recent annual draft.

    Although surprised by the decision of management to replace Baculi, Ticzon said franchise owner Mikee Romero promised to give his all-out support to the team.

    “It's a great opportunity for me and also for the whole staff because I know this will be a collective effort,” Ticzon said shortly after steering the Batang Pier to a come-from-behind 102-92 win over the Alaska Aces in a pre-season game Saturday.

    Ticzon said he happily accepted the job that was also reportedly offered to Alex Compton, UAAP champion coach Juno Sauler of La Salle, and the Racela brothers, Olsen and Nash.

    The former Ateneo point guard said he does not intend to make wholesale changes on the team's system, except to make some tweaking once the new season kicks off next week.

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    “I hope we can jell and also hope we can get better. At this point, wala na siguro kaming babaguhin or maybe, konti lang,” explained Ticzon.

    Until he was named Globalport interim coach, Ticzon's only previous coaching experience in a high-profile league was as one of Nash Racela's assistant coaches at Fruitas during last year's PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.

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    Former Ateneo star Ritchie Ticzon replaces Junel Baculi as he takes over a Globalport team that has undergone a major revamp in the offseason. Jerome Ascano
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