Jarencio: Batang Pier should not be dependent on Romeo
Philip Matel on Dec 25, 2017 07:34 PM
Globalport must be ready with or without Terrence Romeo, according to Batang Pier head coach Pido Jarencio. (FILE PHOTO)
BOCAUE, BULACAN -- Globalport Batang Pier head coach Pido Jarencio said that his wards should learn and help each other out, and not depend on their top scorers Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle.
In the case of Romeo, who said he will still have to wait two more weeks in recovery time from his knee injury, Jarencio said that he is very much welcoming of Romeo should the PBA's top scorer decide and return earlier than expected.
"It's still up to Terrence e. Nasa sa kanya lahat yun e. Kung gusto nya maglaro, kung ok na siya welcome addition for the team si Terrence," the former cager said after the game. "Magkakaroon ng katulad si Stanley sa offense. Pero at the same time, gusto kong matututo yung ibang mga kasamahan namin na not just Stanley o Terrence, kailangan they have to do their share, kailangan magtulungan."
In Romeo's absence, former #1 pick Stanley Pringle took the scoring load and posted 33 points in the 115-104 loss against the NLEX Road Warriors. Jarencio was not surprised with the effort, and hopes Pringle could hold up for the Batang Pier's next game on Jan. 7 against Barangay Ginebra, with or without Romeo.
"Actually, it's natural for Stanley. Natural naman talaga sa kanya, he's really a scorer, lalo na kung nandyan si Terrence – dalawang nga yan, 1-2 punch yan e."
Since the team is very much used to their offense being orchestrated by the former UAAP MVP, Jarencio admitted that the opening moments of their season opener were filled with jitters, as the team was not even complete until six weeks ago.
"Siguro maraming adjustment, maraming kailangan ayusin pero basta as long as yung mga players nandyan – helping together, we stick together – okay na sakin yun."
On his first game in the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena, Jarencio was surprised at the vast area of the venue, and repentant of the team's missed chances of carving out the win.
When asked about Jonathan Grey's performance, who registered 13 points on a 46.2-percent shooting clip in 25 minutes of action, Jarencio noted that the former St. Benilde Blazer and the rest of the squad must be more consistent on both ends on the floor.
"Ang sabi ko nga sa kanila, ang team namin is 70 percent defense, problema this game wala kaming defense, baliktad. 70 percent yung offense, 30 percent lang yung defense, medyo masama yung defense namin."
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