No panic for Globalport yet despite disaster start

Paul Lintag on Apr 06, 2017 01:59 PM
No panic for Globalport yet despite disaster start
Sean Williams and Globalport are struggling right out of the gate in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Everything that could go wrong so far in Globalport's 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup campaign has gone wrong.

First, the team suffered an early setback after star guard Terrence Romeo had to battle typhoid fever. He definitely looks like he's still trying to work his way back to full health.

Second, import Sean Williams continues to struggle, averaging only 16.6 points and 15 rebounds per game.

Third and most important, the Batang Pier have lost all three of their games so far and all came by double digits.

Their current struggles already has head coach Franz Pumaren thinking of possible solutions, including replacing Williams.

"He’s not giving us import-like numbers. That’s the bottomline," Pumaren said of Williams. "If you look at our import, he has the best credentials. But he’s not living up to his billing."

While Pumaren is already thinking about possibly sending Williams home, he's not into rushing things as the Batang Pier have more immediate concerns as of now like trying to win their next game which comes in two days.

"We’re open to the idea. Our next game is on Saturday. We just need to weather the storm and probably make the most out of our game this Saturday," he said.

"It’s all under review. The question is we cannot change the import right away," Pumaren added.

Not ready to put all the blame on his import, Pumaren is also calling out his locals to step up.

With Terrence Romeo fighting to get back to top condition after a bout with typhoid fever, local production for Globalport has been uneven at best with Stanley Pringle emerging as the team's only consistent bright spot in the mid-season joust.

"The locals should start playing their roles because even if our import is not giving us any import-like numbers, I think we can still survive," Pumaren said.

"Even if we’re not getting import-like numbers, the locals should also do their part. If we’re gonna play like what we’re capable of just like in the last conference, I think we will not be in this predicament. I’m not pushing the panic button yet," he added.



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