MANILA, Philippines - Sol Mercado never doubted the capabilities of Globalport though the team wasn’t even given a second look after a busy off-season for the Batang Pier that had the team undergoing a coaching change one week before the start of the new PBA season.
For even after a faltering 1-3 start, made worse by the franchise’s back-to-back defeats to Barangay Ginebra and three-time Philippine Cup champion Talk ‘N Text, Mercado took charge by steering the franchise back to life to with his big, fighting heart.
Mercado underscored his determination when he fired a personal conference-best 33 points to lead Globalport to a pulsating 93-89 win over Meralco.
Two days later, the Biola University product led Globalport’s second half blitzkrieg to ambush title contender Rain or Shine, 90-88, en route to the franchise’s first-ever back-to-back wins....
MANILA, Philippines – The GlobalPort Batang Pier have won consecutive games for the first time in franchise history, and head coach Richie Ticzon said his players are now starting to jell together.
Last night, GlobalPort won its second consecutive contest after escaping the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 90-88. They had beaten the Meralco Bolts last week, which was a boost of confidence for the Batang Pier.
“It was really hard to keep the guys motivated, but coming into this game, the team was very positive,” GlobalPort coach Richie Ticzon said in a PBA.ph report....
The former UAAP Most Valuable Player has scored in double-figures in his last two games, both victories for the Batang Pier.
On Sunday, he scored 13 points on two three-pointers in GlobalPort’s win over Rain or Shine....
The Globalport Batang Pier squandered a double-digit advantage they built in the second half, but hung on long enough to defeat the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 90-88, on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in the 2013-14 PBA Philippine Cup.
Jay Washington was named the Best Player of the Game with 20 points and 13 boards. He was also perfect from the line, going 8-for-8, though he was just 5-of-16 from the field.
The Batang Pier tallied back-to-back wins, beating Meralco last Friday as well, to even their card at 3-3. The Elasto Painters on the other hand absorbed just their second loss to fall to 4-2....
Lee fired 26 points in the Elasto Painters’ win on Friday over San Mig Coffee, breaking out of a mini-slump in his first four games. He will go toe-to-toe with another young spitfire Terrence Romeo, the sensational GlobalPort rookie who is coming off the worst game of his early PBA career last Friday over Meralco.
But Rain or Shine cannot afford to ignore GlobalPort’s veteran stars, after Sol Mercado and Jay Washington combined for 30 points in the Batang Pier’s victory over the Bolts....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||3||3||0.500|
|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|