And coach Pido Jarencio expects the wide-bodied Lowhorn to finally fill the gap on the holes in the shaded lane that is a problem in the Batang Pier's first three games.
Lowhorn will help the local big men clog the paint and get the rebounding that could easily make the guards go on fast breaks.
Lowhorn already joined the team’s practice on Tuesday afternoon at Treston gym in Global City despite still feeling the effects of jetlag after arriving in the country last Monday via San Francisco.
Jarencio said the next few days can help Lowhorn get back into shape before the team returns to action on Friday against defending champion San Mig Super Coffee.
“He’s (Dior) an energy guy. Iyung problen namin sa bigs, tapos injured pa nga si (Yousef) Taha, and then si Kelly Nabong injured din, so 'yung problema ng bigs ma-so-solve ngayon kasi nandiyan siya,” Jarencio told Spin.ph shortly after the team’s practice on Tuesday.
Jarencio had revealed that Lowhorn’s statistics last season while playing for Barangay Ginebra convinced him that the latter will have an immediate impact in the Batang Pier's Playoffs hopes in this conference.
“Sa pagdating ni Dior, mag-stabilize na `yung inside presence kasi talo kami sa rebounds. Parang talo kami by 20 plus sa rebounds sa Ginebra, talo kami ng siguro mga six rebounds sa Alaska, tapos talo uli kami sa Rain or Shine (last Sunday),” explained the former University of Santo Tomas head coach.
The 49-year-old Jarencio said with Lowhorn patrolling the shaded lane, shooters like rookies Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia and veterans Mark Macapagal and Alex Cabagnot can be more confident in taking their perimeter jumpers.
We'll see the result in GlobalPort's matchup with the grand-slam seeking Super Coffee Mixers on Friday as Lowhorn will challenge San Mig's high-leaping import Marqus Blakely.
--- with reports from Spin.ph
Coach Pido Jarencio hopes that new import Dior Lowhorn is the answer to GlobalPort's frontcourt problems
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