GlobalPort has now won two games in a row in the PBA Governors Cup from a 0-4 start and coaching consultant Franz Pumaren deserves credit for the turnaround except somebody else who’s clearly not calling the shots for the Batang Pier is the wrong man who sits on the victory table to meet the media in the press room.
On paper, Johnedel Cardel is GlobalPort’s head coach with Cholo Villanueva the lead assistant. Others in the coaching staff are Eric Gonzales, Oliver Bunyi, Senen Duenas and Erwin Sta. Maria.
But it’s clear when GlobalPort is in a timeout, Pumaren is the man in charge, the de facto head coach. Villanueva is the assistant nearest to Pumaren as his chief second during the huddles. Cardel is far from the inner circle despite his designation. Pumaren gives the orders, makes the subs and signals for timeouts.
After GlobalPort beat Meralco, 126-123, in double overtime last Aug. 14, Cardel went to the press room to answer questions from media. He was also in the spotlight after the Batang Pier beat San Miguel Beer, 98-92, last Friday. Cardel’s presence could hardly be justified. Reporters find it difficult to fire questions at Cardel because everyone knows he’s the wrong man to ask....
The Batang Pier zoomed ahead to surprise the Beermen and stood tough in the final minutes to rack a second straight win in the season-ending conference.
The victory was a fitting follow-up to their double-overtime victory over Meralco last Sunday....
Both teams will be coming in the 7 p.m. clash following double-overtime wins over separate foes last Sunday.
The Beermen dropped sister team Barangay Ginebra, 111-105, after two game extensions. Globalport, on the other hand, survived Meralco’s gutsy challenge to hack out a 126-123 double overtime win....
IN A CONFERENCE dominated by imports, and in a season where big local men spell pretty much the difference for the PBA teams, two point guards have so far stood out for their respective sides in a statistical department where height is considered might.
Rookie Scottie Thompson of Barangay Ginebra and the 5-foot-7 LA Revilla of Mahindra are in the top 10 of the rebounding department among locals, joining giants like reigning two-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo and Asi Taulava and the workhorse Calvin Abueva.
They have so far outworked several prominent big men in that department, big men like Thompson’s teammate Japeth Aguilar, Rain or Shine’s 6-8 Raymond Almazan, the veteran Alaska Ace Sonny Thoss and highly touted top overall Draft pick Moala Tautuaa of TNT KaTropa....
MANILA, Philippines – There was no doubt in Stanley Pringle's mind, and no crack in his confidence, that he will find a way to help GlobalPort win on Sunday against Meralco, even after seeing one potential-game winner blocked, and another spin out of the rim in agonizing fashion.
The Batang Pier entered their PBA Governors' Cup game on Sunday with a 0-4 record, and with another loss, their chances of entering the playoffs would have been dimmer. They needed a win – badly, desperately, and for most of the game, they played like it.
GlobalPort led by double-digits for most of the game, bolstered by the hot shooting of Anthony Semerad, the shot-making of Terrence Romeo, and the steadiness of import Mike Glover. Pringle wasn't having his best shooting performance, but he did drain a hook shot with just 20.1 seconds to go that put them up by six points, 100-94....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||2||4||0.333|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||3||8||0.273||12th|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||10||8||0.556||4th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||7||6||0.538||5th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||4||7||0.364||10th|
|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|