GLOBALPORT is off to a franchise-best start in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, and a big part of it has something to do with energetic import Justin Williams.
Against Barangay Ginebra on Friday night, the 6-foot-10 forward/center out of Wyoming was at his best by pouring in 23 points, 23 rebounds, and a season-high eight shot blocks to tow the Batang Pier to an 89-80 win – their second in three starts.
Williams is actually coming off a 27-rebound performance in Globalport’s 88-98 overtime loss to Barako Bull last week, and the loss, according to him, served as enough motivation to make another statement game opposite the pro league’s most popular ball club.
“I just want to go out there and play hard,” the 28-year-old Williams told Spin.ph after the game. “Like Ginebra, we’re looking to bounce back after a tough loss. And my goal is to help my team on the defensive end.”
With Williams controlling the paint, the Kings’ couldn’t sustain their second half rally as time and time again, the high-flying Globalport proved to be an intimidating presence inside.
Globalport new recruit Japeth Aguilar said with Williams around, the team is more confident taking outside shots, knowing their import would be there for the rebound.
The Batang Pier will have their first acid test this coming week when they face three-time Philippine Cup champion Talk ‘N Text.
And Williams has just one thing to say.
“Bring them on,” he declared with a grin.