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
The Batang Pier also added coach Rensy Bajar as first assistant coach.