GlobalPort Batang Pier are collecting one loss after another in the ongoingPBA Commissioner’s Cup.
But despite the franchise’s current struggle, Globalport management expressed its full backing on new coach Pido Jarencio.
On Saturday, Jarencio's Batang Pier absorbed a fourth straight humiliating loss at the hands of Meralco, 104-99 and was again the subject of criticisms
The Batang Pier remained as the only winless team in the mid-season conference.
Still, team manager BJ Manalo said the Batang Pier are all behind the embattled coach.
“These (losing) are birth pains. I think every team in the PBA has gone through this,” Manalo told Spin.phfollowing the loss to the Bolts.
“Siyempre, medyo malungkot din, pero tamang perspective lang kasi full support pa rin ang management kay coach Pido at sa coaching staff,” added the youthful Globalport official.
“These are the times that I have to be there, to also remind everyone to keep our eyes on the goal kasi alam naman namin na lahat ng ito eh part ng process.”
Pido's the Savior
Globalport named Jarencio as its new coach prior to the start of the tournament and believes he is the best suitable coach for the franchise with how he handles the University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP.
Jarencio took over the reins from interim coach Richie Ticzon, who remains with the teaam as an assistant.
Pido steered the University of Santo Tomas to back-to-back UAAP finals appearances in men’s basketball the last two seasons even though they both lost, first to Ateneo and last year to La Salle.
Jarencio also won a UAAP title in his first coaching stint with the Growling Tigers during the 2006 season when they uset the heavily-favored Ateneo in the Finals.
The Batang Pier made bold movement during the conference break, acquiring veteran point guard Alex Cabagnot and Bonbon Custodio in a trade, while giving up their go-to-guy in Solomon Mercado to San Miguel Beer.
But things didn’t go the way Globalport envisioned it as the Batang Pier only have five games to go in the shortened nine-game elimination round format.
“You always look at the bright side. Coach Pido is feeling the system at ganun din naman ang mga players,” said Manalo.
The Batang Pier manager said he believe losses like these could hopefully build the character of the team, which has four rookies and two sophomore this season.
“Itong mga losses na ito can be good for the team in the long run.”
--- with reports from Spin.ph
GlobalPort still believes in Pido Jarencio's system despite four straight losses
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