LACK of a strong local support has become a concern for Globalport heading to the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
New coach Junel Baculi observed that the Batang Pier have been too reliant on import Justin Williams in their two tune-up games so far, both of which ended in blowout losses for the rookie team.
With Williams solely carrying the cudgels for Globalport, the team suffered a 58-79 rout at the hands of Petron Boosters Friday.
The Batang Pier played without veteran gunner Gary David, who’s currently playing with Gilas Pilipinas in the 19th Super Keung Sheung Cup in Hong Kong.
Globalport team manager BJ Manalo said the team appreciates the effort of the 6-foot-9 Williams, who had another monster game of 27 points, 18 rebounds, and four shot blocks.
"Like any other PBA team, we are constantly evaluating the team and our import. We really appreciate Justin's effort despite another loss,” Manalo said.
“Mas nakakatakbo actually kami dahil sa presence niya (Williams) sa defense. Pero again, kailangan talaga niya ng strong local support. Today, walang local support gaano eh," noted the Globalport team manager.
The Batang Pier earlier this week bowed to the Meralco Bolts, 84-96, as import and former NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year Eric Dawson fired 26 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for the Bolts.
Globalport (0-2) is obviously still adjusting to the system of Baculi, who has yet to warm his seat after taking over the coaching reins from interim Glenn Capacio just a month ago.
The Batang Pier are looking to improve on their inaugural conference in the league after finishing dead last in the Philippine Cup with a 1-13 (win-loss) record.