Globalport's late 2016 collapse cost coach Franz money

Paul Lintag on Jan 06, 2017 09:25 PM
Globalport's late 2016 collapse cost coach Franz money
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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