WHATEVER the result of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup match against NLEX on Wednesday, Globalport coach Franz Pumaren is giving his wards a break in the latter part of the Holy Week.
The Batang Pier are eager to grab their first win in five games, but even a loss to the fellow winless Road Warriors won’t prevent them from taking a respite.
“Hindi naman (dun nakasalalay yung Holy Week break),” Pumaren said after practice on the eve of the game that tips off at 4:15 p.m.
It seemed Pumaren would deprive his team of going on a break as after suffering an embarrassing two-point loss to Phoenix in a Philippine Cup game where they squandered a 26-point late in December, the Batang Pier went back to the grind the next day and hardly had a New Year break.
But it’s different this time.
“We’re bound to have a break pa rin talaga, because our next game is on April 21 pa,” Pumaren said, referring to their outing against TNT Katropa.
Batang Pier superstar Terrence Romeo has already set a Hong Kong trip with his fiancee during the break.
A victory against the Road Warriors will definitely make the Batang Pier’s short vacation more worthwhile.
“It’s just a must-win for us,” Pumaren said. “That’s the bottom line."
“We don’t want to be so down away from the playoff contenders, so we have to make it close to them,” he added as he hopes to continue to lean on new import Malcom White, who’s set to play his second game.