Globalport's late 2016 collapse cost coach Franz money
Paul Lintag on Jan 06, 2017 09:25 PM
Following Globalport's loss to Phoenix to end 2016, Pumaren had to rush back to the Philippines from Europe, cutting his meetings with suppliers short and paying a little extra for plane tickets just to get his squad straightened out.
Franz Pumaren was out of the country when his Globalport Batang Pier suffered a 26-point collapse against Phoenix to close out 2016.
The veteran coach was in Europe for a business trip at that time, a trip that was scheduled even before he fully took the Batang Pier coaching job.
However, thanks to that nightmare of a loss, Pumaren had to rush back to the Philippines, cutting his meetings with suppliers short and paying a little extra for plane tickets just to get his squad straightened out.
"I wasn't even supposed to be back right away. I had to rush back because of that game," Pumaren said Friday regarding that whole episode before making it clear that his Europe trip was not a vacation.
"Just for the record, my trip was more of a business trip. Management knows about it," he added.
Against the Fuel Masters last Dec. 28, the Batang Pier were well on their way to victory after opening up a 26-point advantage early in the fourth quarter.
However, with Mark Borboran leading the charge Phoenix was able to score an incredible 101-99 comeback.
With his team in shambles, coming home was a no-brainer for Pumaren.
"I had to cut my trip short because of that loss to Phoenix. I don't want the team to feel that I abandoned them so I had to rush home," he said.
With a sudden change in his schedule, the veteran mentor admitted said that he had to bring out a little cash to make his possible. But with Globalport preventing a collapse and picking up a win to start 2017, let's just say coach Franz's pocket is a little relieved now.
"It cost me additional so it's a good thing we won at least mababawasn expenses ko dito bonus," he said, laughing off the entire thing.
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