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  • Written by Ed Andaya
  • Published in Basketball
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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 .

The scores:
    
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.