The GlobalPort Batang Pier is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Kia Picanto at 4:30 P.M. on February 21, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Batang Pier is looking to make a bounce back game while the Picantos is set to make a spoiler when the 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup action resumes today.
GlobalPort’s ace guard Stanley Pringle was held to a single digit output for the first time this All-Filipino conference after averaging 23.2 points per game. It resulted to another loss and their chances on making to the playoffs is now in peril considering that several bottom teams are just a win away to catch them up.
Coach Pido Jarencio promised that they won’t take Kia lightly if they wanted to solidify their current spot in the standings.
“Kia is a dangerous and unpredictable team,” noted Jarencio. “We need to play hard tomorrow. No room to relax,” he added.
“Trust the process” is the newest mantra which Ronald Tubid wanted to inject to his teammates and also to their fans. Kia was already eliminated for the Quarterfinals round and they’re looking to maximize the experience they’ll get from their remaining games.
“It’s a process eh,” the 15-year veteran said. “Very young team tapos we changed systems for like one week lang, so ‘di mo naman makukuha agad yun in one conference, sobrang gagaling na namin pag nakuha namin kaagad yun.”
“But it’s a process, yung team namin very young team and ie-emphasize ko talaga sa teammates ko na sabi nga ni coach if we play normal game, talo talaga tayo, tambak talaga tayo,” he added.
Also, Kia Picanto will dedicate their 4:30 PM to the wife of coach Joe Lipa who just passed away last Friday.
“Despite our situation we remain unperturbed and defiant as we go all out to get a win,” said Kia coach Ricky Dandan. “And, yes, win one for Tita Ging and coach Joe.”