"Successful" Globalport campaign not enough for Franz
Paul Lintag on Feb 07, 2017 08:26 PM
"Of course I'm disappointed we didn't make it to the next round. I'll be a hypocrite if I tell you I'm already satisfied." --- Franz Pumaren.
Being a perfectionist, Globalport head coach Franz Pumaren is most definitely not happy his squad failed to advance in the 2017 Philippine Cup.
After a 90-95 loss to TNT Monday, the Batang Pier now look forward to the next conference, failing to make a return trip to the semifinals of the All-Filipino after a breakthrough last year.
"Of course I'm disappointed we didn't make it to the next round. I'll be a hypocrite if I tell you I'm already satisfied," Pumaren said as his fifth-seed Batang Pier got swept in the quarterfinals by the no. 4 KaTropa.
Despite an early exit, Pumaren, who also doubles as the head coach of the also suprising Adamson Soaring Falcons in the UAAP, still considers their campaign a success.
But again, he's not happy with it. There's a difference.
"What we achieved right now is quite successful in a way," he said. "I think overall we did pretty well considering our lineup."
With a roster that is top heavy featuring Terrence Romeo, Stanley Pringle, JR Quinahan, and KG Canaleta, the Batang Pier actually made a late run for the no. 2 spot only to lose close games to the San Miguel Beermen and TNT, causing them to fall all the way to no. 5.
And after getting the keys to the Globalport franchise, Pumaren is now in the middle of a quest to push the team to the next level. Adding two to three more pieces may do the job.
"Even before the season started, I've been telling management, this team, we're a playoff contender. But for us to move forward, we need at least two to three more players to fill in those gaps," Pumaren said.
"Right now with Global, I have a free hand in trying to make some movements. This is just a learning chapter for us, for us to compete with the big boys, end of the day we still need players," he added.
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