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Batang Pier sign Flores, 2 others

  • Written by Ed Andaya
  • Published in Basketball
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IN AN effort to further strengthen its line-up in time for the coming PBA Philippine Cup next month,
Globalport  Batang Pier has signed up three of the five  rookies taken in during the annual PBA Draft
last Oct. 29.

The three players -- Lervin Flores, Joseph Gabayni, Julian Sargent --  are expected  to boost
the Batang Pier’s line-up which already boasts of All Stars Terrence  Romeo and  Stanley Pringle.
    
Flores and Sargent were signed to two-year contracts, while Gabayni inked a one-year deal
    
The amount of the contracts were  not  immediately available, although it  was reported  that
both  sides are  “happy and satisfied.”
    
Flores,a  6-5 standout of  Arellano University in the NCAA, is  described by experts as “an  
aggresive  scorer and  rebounder who can  also defend well inside.”
    
A  mainstay of the Arellano team  which  finished  runner-up to San Beda in the NCAA last
year,  Flores  was originally drafted  by  Star as its No. 9 pick but was  traded to Globalport along
with Sargent and Gabayni in exchange for No. 6   Fil-Am  sensation  Robbie Herndon and Gian Abrigo.
    
Sargent, a  6-2  mainstay of  La Salle in the UAAP, earned a reputation  as  a  top-notch
defender, especially  around the perimeter, while Gabayni, a  6-5 center from Lyceum of the
Philippines University in the NCAA,  is known as a wide-bodied and strong inside operator.
    
Globalport is still trying to work out a deal with  its two other rookies  -- Andreas Cahilig
and Zachary  Nicholls.    
    
The  acquisition of three of the five rookies drafted during the annual draft came after
Globalport  recalled the services of veteran coach Pido Jarencio to handle  the team in lieu of Franz
Pumaren.  
    
The Batang Pier also added coach Rensy Bajar as first assistant coach.