MORE than playing as many pre-season games as possible, Globalport is geared on developing team cohesion as it prepares for the coming season of the PBA.
Rookie Stanley Pringle admitted the Batang Pier’s main concern at this point is to `get better playing together.’
This year’s top rookie pick said jelling is something the franchise has been working out, especially with several key players slowly recovering from various injuries.
Big men Kelly Nabong and Yancy de Ocampo, along with veteran guard Alex Cabagnot are coming off injuries in recent weeks, though the trio are expected to play for the Batang Pier in their five-game tune-up matches against select teams in Seoul, South Korea.
“We’re just practicing right now, trying to jell, while I’m just getting my rhythm right now, so we need to keep practicing, keep working hard,” Pringle told Spin.ph over the weekend.
GlobalPort currently sports a 3-2 win-loss record in its preseason games, winning its first three against the Changwon LG Skaers, Kuwait national team, and Talk ‘N Text, before bowing to Barangay Ginebra and San Miguel Beer, respectively.
The 27-year-old Pringle said the team’s tune-up matches in South Korea gives Globalport more time to work on playing as a unit and identify key aspects in their game that they need to improve on.
“It’s (games in South Korea) gonna be good because we’ll keep playing as a team, see where our weakness are and get better, keep jelling,” added the 6-foot Fil-Am guard, who left with the rest of the franchise on Sunday for the South Korean capital.
Trade acquisitions Mark Isip and Noy Baclao along with rookies David Semerad of San Beda, NCAA MVP contender Nard Pinto, and big man Prince Caperal of Arellano University, along with College of St. Benilde gunner Paolo Taha are set to boost the Batang Pier’s roster this coming season.
However, the four rookies won’t be able to join the team’s Korean sojourn due to their ongoing commitments in the NCAA.