After a depressing letdown in the past Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup the GlobalPort Batang Pier have made the needed changes to pick up the pieces in the coming PBA Commissioner’s Cup set to start on March 5.
The Batang Pier ditched untested coach Richie Ticson, who lasted just one conference, for University Athletic Association Philippines champion coach Pido Jarencio to bring some semblance of order into their chaotic rotation.
Already looking forward to his head coaching debut in the PBA Jarencio believes that his new squad is capable of a drastic improvement in the league.
The new GlobalPort mentor is looking to mold his team into a fighting unit just like his overachieving University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers who almost won a second UAAP diadem for their pugnacious coach despite a severely handicapped lineup compared to the all-star squads of the De La Salle University Green Archers and the Far Eastern University Tamaraws.
“Siyempre gusto natin makatulong na agad sa team and maghanda ng maayos para may makita tayong improvement sa next conference,” said Jarencio.
Jarencio has good reason to be optimistic. GlobalPort has already made important changes in its lineup as they hope to do better this conference. They released persistent grouser Sol Mercado for the Petron Blaze Boosters steel-nerved closer Alex Cabagnot.
Additionally, they also got talented scorer Bonbon Custodio. Then add muscled strongman Evan Brock as their import in the coming Commissioner’s Cup and you have a squad locked and loaded and ready to fire away.
Cabagnot joins the fray as he’ll combine talents with rookies Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia in that capable GlobalPort backcourt.
With all these changes, the former University of Santo Tomas coach looks forward to creating team chemistry as he aims to make GlobalPort more formidable.
“Ginagawa namin yung best namin talaga para mapabuti. May mga nadagdag na veterans sa’min so gusto namin na ma-maximize din kung anong meron kami,” said Jarencio.
The team advanced to the quarterfinals of the last two conferences before bowing out. Team owner Mikee Romero is very vocal that he thinks the team can perform better and wants to see that as soon as possible.
Jarencio knows that’s not the easiest task in the PBA but he is game to do his best and hopefully steer GlobalPort to another level.
“Hindi magiging madali para sa amin kasi batang team pero buhos talaga lahat para may maipakita naman tayo at lumaban din,” he said.