After torching Meralco on Sunday, GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio declared that the Batang Pier are now ready for the second phase of the PBA Philippine Cup even without the injured Terrence Romeo.
"We are ready with or without Terrence. We will make some adjustment if he is going there but even without him, this team is ready," said Jarencio who praised his second stringer for surpassing the intensity of his starters.
The second stringers composed of Yousef Taha, Joseph Gabayni, Nicholas Elorde, Michael Juicio and Jonathan Grey were responsible for erecting an insurmountable 29 points lead in the third quarter. Grey top scored for GlobalPort with 24 points, five rebounds and two assists.
Coming off a 93-107 loss to San Miguel last Wenesday, the Batang Pier hardly encountered any resistance in getting their third win against three losses at the halfway mark of the elimination round in the season-opening conference.
Led by Kelly Nabong and Stanley Pringle, the Batang Pier fired away seven triples to quickly build a 29-16 lead in the first quarter which they never relinquished the rest of the way.
"Kelly is really motivated this season. His full potential has surfaced when he joined us. His shooting has improved," Jarencio said.
Nabong chalked up a double-double with 17 points and 17 rebounds on top of three blocks against his former team.*pba.com
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