The GlobalPort Batang Pier may have been given the boot from the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs after falling to Barangay Ginebra in the quarterfinals, but the team feels very positive about its future, especially with the pieces they currently have in place.
Recently reacquired guard Sol Mercado feels there’s plenty of young talent of the squad, especially in top overall pick Stanley Pringle and talented sophomore hotshot Terrence Romeo starring in the backcourt.
“They have the best point guard in the league in Stanley. They got Terrence, guys that are young, hungry guys and play hard,” Mercado told a small group of sportswriters.
Aside from the talent, Pringle believes that the attitude of the individuals on the team bodes well for their future....
Sol Mercado returned in time for GlobalPort's quarterfinals game against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Friday, a couple of days after he was dealt by San Miguel Beer to the Batang Pier in exchange for Alex Cabagnot.
The Batang Pier campaign didn't last long as they bowed out after a 95-78 thrashing at the hands of the Gin Kings.
It was a tough situation for Mercado, who only had had time for one practice with the team before suiting up against Ginebra for 22 minutes....
GlobalPort a different team without Alex Cabagnot, says Ginebra coach Jeff Cariaso, captain LA Tenorio
Ginebra coach Jeff Cariaso and team captain LA Tenorio both believe that GlobalPort is not only a different team without Alex Cabagnot, who was traded to San Miguel before the start of the quarterfinals, but also one that was hard-pressed to adjust to the reacquisition of guard Sol Mercado without the benefit of time.
“Malaking impact yun kasi from the start sila yung magkakasama,” Tenorio told a small group of sportswriters following their victory....
Japeth Aguilar led the Ginebra starters with 19 points, seven boards and six block shots. Mac Baracael added 12, while the rest of the five in Joseph Yeo, LA Tenorio and Billy Mamaril had nine each. Mark Caguioa and Greg Slaughter added 15 and 11 off the bench, respectively.
"I like the way my guys are playing. We learned a lot so far. We're still trying to improve," said Ginebra coach Jeff Cariaso....
World Peace, formerly Ron Artest, hinted on Thursday that is he bound for Manila in one of his Twitter posts.
PBA import agent Sheryl Reyes confirmed to Philstar.com that World Peace will be available to fly by February and can play as a replacement import....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||5||7||0.417||8th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||1||8||0.111||10th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||1||8||0.111||10th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||10||0.333||7th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||6||0.400||5th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||2||12||0.143||10th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||1||13||0.071||10th|