“Actually, ang kailangan ng mga iyan (Batang Pier), kumbaga, parang refresher’s course kasi nadaanan na nila 'yan eh,” Coach Pido Jarencio said on what to expect on GlobalPort in the Comissioner's Cup

GlobalPort Batang Pier is out to prove that a new coach and a new system together with the additions of playmaker Alex Cabagnot could bare fruits instantly in the Commisioner's Cup.

And rookie Coach Pido Jarencio believes that Cabagnot will be a great leader just like what he was when Alex is the crunchman of Petron (now back to its old name San Miguel Beer) in recent years.

Jelling with the New System

Coach Pido has used his first month in charge to give the Batang Pier a “refresher course” on the essence of playing basketball, in the hope of seeing the players regain their winning mentality.

Jarencio, fresh from steering University of Santo Tomas' Tigers to their second straight UAAP runner-up finish late last year, said he wants to see the Batang Pier play with the rah-rah college spirit when he makes his head-coaching debut in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.

The former PBA star admitted players have a tendency to become complacent when they move to the pros.

“Actually, ang kailangan ng mga iyan (Batang Pier), kumbaga, parang refresher’s course kasi nadaanan na nila 'yan eh,” Jarencio shared to Spin.ph, shortly after Globalport played Barako Bull to an 89-89 standoff in their tuneup match on Thursday at the Gatorade Hoops Center.

“Siyempre, ang buhay ng PBA, naging maluwag. Tapos iyung grasya dumarating, so yung essence minsan ng pagmamahal sa basketball at yung hardwork nawawala na lahat, minsan pumapasok na sa ulo eh,” Jarencio, head coach in the pros for the first time after eight years of coaching the University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP.

Aside from being coach, Jarencio is playing the role of father to a Globalport team that has five rookies, several sophomores and just a few veterans led by Jay Washington, Eric Menk and newly-acquired Cabagnot.

“At the end of the day, nasa lupa ka pa rin eh. So ibaba na lang natin ang sarili natin,” he said.

With a week to go before its first official game at the start of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Jarencio expects his new team to play with fire and a new spirit as they kick off their campaign against the Air21 Express.

The former PBA guard who played for six teams in a career spanning more than 15 seasons, said the four-team tournament in Cebu last weekend gave him a better grasp of the things the team still needs to improve on come the import-laced conference.

“Marami pang aayusin sa team, pero confidence-building yung panalo namin against Talk ’N Text sa Cebu. Tournament kasi yun eh,” Jarencio said, whose team defeated the Tropang Texters, 85-79, at the close of the Cebu City Charter Cup Invitational Basketball Tournament.

Philippine Cup Performance

Before the start of the Philippine Cup, Batang Pier underwent another major overhaul. They let coach Junel Baculi go and appointed Richie Ticzon as new coach in an interim capacity. They've also traded away their cornerstone in explosive guard Gary "El Granana" David to Meralco.

David was packaged by Globaport with rookie guard AJ Mandani and sent to Meralco for guard Chris Ross, Chris Timberlake and two future second-round draft picks. Ross was also traded away to Petron for Dennis Miranda, who was eventually traded to Barako in exchange for the 6th overall draft pick which they used to select RR Garcia. They also traded Willie Miller to Barako Bull in exchange for veteran Enrico Villanueva on draft day.

To infuse some young blood to the team, they drafted college standouts Terrence Romeo (in the expense of sending Yousef Taha to Petron), Garcia, Isaac Holstein, Nico Salva and LA Revilla, who are tasked to team up with established veterans Sol Mercado, Jay Washington, and former league MVP Eric Menk, who returned from playing in the ABL. 

Holstein was later traded to San Mig Super Coffee Mixers in exchange for fellow rookie Justin Chua and veteran Leo Najorda.The team also acquired Jewel Ponferada from the Mixers for a future draft pick and signed up Marvin Hayes.

As a result, they are a team that is fun to watch, with Romeo's scoring prowess and Garcia's steady playmaking. They have even won their first ever winning streak since they joined the league. However, things go down the drain as they lost five straight games, only to be snapped in a win against Alaska, to keep their playoff hopes alive.

They ended their Philippine Cup elimination campaign with 5-9 win-loss record, taking the seventh place playoff spot, and were pitted against twice-to-beat Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the quarterfinal round. They were ousted by E-Painters in their lone playoff game.

Commisioner's Cup

Prior to the start of the next conference, they have made significant changes again. Jarencio takes over as the new coach, in his first pro coaching career, replacing Richie Ticzon, who is still an assistant with the team.

They have also traded away Mercado for Cabagnot.They sent Leo Najorda back to Barako Bull for point guard Jonas Villanueva, with Villanueva then getting conveyed to Air21 for guard Bonbon Custodio.

Eric Menk was also appointed as the new captain of the team.

Cabagnot as Leader

Former Barako Bull import Evan Brock will serve as their import.

But veteran point guard Cabagnot is expected to be the leader both on and off the court for his new team, the GlobalPort Batang Pier.

Cabagnot landed in GlobalPort in a four-team trade that saw his former team, the San Miguel Beermen, acquire Sol Mercado from the Batang Pier.

GlobalPort owner Mikee Romero revealed that he has high expectations of Cabagnot, especially when it comes to providing a good example to the team’s young players.

“GlobalPort is in search of a leader that has lots of character. Cabagnot is a point guard that wants to run, distribute and also take the crucial big shots,” said Romero. “That’s what we want.”

Romero also called Cabagnot the “real leader we are looking for.”

“Our point guard position will be stable with Cabagnot. He will be a good example for our young players, especially (Terrence) Romeo and (RR) Garcia,” he said.

--- with reports from Spin.ph

GlobalPort Batang Pier roster
Pos.#POBNameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY–MM–DD)From
F/C1PhilippinesVillanueva, Enrico6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)230 lb (104 kg)Ateneo
G2PhilippinesGarcia, RR (R)5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)160 lb (73 kg)FEU
PG5PhilippinesCabagnot, Alex6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)175 lb (79 kg)Hawaii-Hilo
G7PhilippinesRomeo, Terrence (R)5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)178 lb (81 kg)FEU
F8PhilippinesSalva, Nico (R)6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)194 lb (88 kg)Ateneo
G10PhilippinesLingganay, Rudy5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)170 lb (77 kg)UE
F11PhilippinesWashington, Jay6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)220 lb (100 kg)Eckerd
G/F12PhilippinesHayes, Marvin6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)190 lb (86 kg)JRU
C15PhilippinesPonferada, Jewel6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)210 lb (95 kg)NU
F16PhilippinesBelencion, Jaypee6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)176 lb (80 kg)Letran
F/C18PhilippinesChua, Justin (R)6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)232 lb (105 kg)Ateneo
F/C23PhilippinesNabong, Kelly6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)220 lb (100 kg)Santa Rosa JC
PG25PhilippinesRevilla, LA (R)5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)165 lb (75 kg)DLSU
F26PhilippinesCustodio, Jopher (R)6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)207 lb (94 kg)MLQU
SF28PhilippinesYee, Mark6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)170 lb (77 kg)SSC-R Cavite
C30United StatesMenk, Eric6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)220 lb (100 kg)Lake Superior State
F/C55PhilippinesSalvador, Jondan6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)210 lb (95 kg)CSB
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Team manager

  • (C) Team captain
  • (I) Import
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

“Actually, ang kailangan ng mga iyan (Batang Pier), kumbaga, parang refresher’s course kasi nadaanan na nila 'yan eh,” Coach Pido Jarencio said on what to expect on GlobalPort in the Comissioner's Cup “Actually, ang kailangan ng mga iyan (Batang Pier), kumbaga, parang refresher’s course kasi nadaanan na nila 'yan eh,” Coach Pido Jarencio said on what to expect on GlobalPort in the Comissioner's Cup Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on on 3/01/2014 Rating: 5

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