IF Globalport’s 83-80 win over Magnolia in their PBA preseason game at Claret School Quezon City will
be the gauge, the Batang Pier and comebacking coach Pido Jarencio have plenty of reasons to be
optimistic in 43rd season of the PBA set to kick off on Dec. 17.
Stanley Pringle flashed his usual deadly game, Ryan Araña found his shooting touch while Kelly
Nabong reprised his old role in the team and the Batang Pier played good, honest defense when it
mattered to clinch their first win in Jarencio’s much-awaited return.
And the Batang Pier did it without the team’s acknowledged superstar, Terrence Romeo and two
other mainstays, Arnold Van Opstal and Yousef Taha.
“It’s a good way to start our new season. The win over Magnolia shows the talent and
competitive spirit of the team, which has been training for only about a month,” said Jarencio, who
took the place of Franz Pumaren.
“Kulang pa kami, pero kulang din naman sila (Magnolia). Ang mahalaga ngayon is we both see
the positive sides of our games,” added Jarencio, who also added player-turned-champion coach Rensy
Bajar to his coaching staff in time for the start of the All-Filipino Conference
Against Magnolia (formerly Star), Globalport relied on solid performances by Pringle, who
finished with game-highs of 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting and 10 assists; Araña, who came off the
bench to contribute 16 points highlighted by 2-of-2 shooting from the three-point area; and Nabong,
who added 14 points and six rebounds in nearly 31 minutes of action.
Nabong, who signed with the Batang Pier after being relegated by Meralco to the unrestricted
free agent list, delivered the dagger -- a three-pointer -- that shattered a deadlock at 77-all
with 1:44 remaining.
After a crucial defensive stop, Pringle added another basket to give the Batang Pier a
five-point cushion, 82-77, with 1:02 left.
Aldrech Ramos topscored for Magnolia with 15 points, including a three-pointer that cut
Globalport’s lead to only two, 80-82, with still 13 seconds left.
Mark Barroca added 14 points, four rebounds and four assists, while Ian Sangalang
contributed 14 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Magnolia’s top rookie -- Robbie Herndon -- finished with five points on 2-of-2 shooting while
playing only 12 minutes.
Herndon was actually picked No. 7 overall by Globalport in the Annual PBA Rookie Draft
but was immediately traded to Magnolia/Star .
Globalport ( 83) -- Pringle 18, Arana 16, Nabong 14, Sargent 9, Gray 8, Guinto 6, Flores 4,
Elorde 4, Juico 2, Cahilig 2, Gabayni 0.
Magnolia (80) -- Ramos 15, Barroca 14, Sanggalang 14, Pascual 6, Herndon 5, De la Rosa 5,
Gamalinda 5, Brondial 4, Simon 4, Abundo 3, Pingris 2.
Quarterscores: 15-27, 33- 42, 59-60, 83-80.