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2014-15 GlobalPort Batang Pier Primer

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2013-14 Standings:

 WINLOSSRANKPLAYOFFS
Philippine Cup597thLost to Painters in the quarterfinals (had twice-to-beat disadvantage)
Commissioner’s Cup1810thEliminated in the elimination round
Governor’s Cup184thEliminated in the elimination round
Total1625

 

2013-14 Team Leaders
PPGJay Washington15.57
APGAlex Cabagnot6.24
RPGJay Washington7.50
BPGJay Washington0.54
SPGAlex Cabagnot1.26


Players Lost:
Jay Washington (Trade), Rudy Lingganay (Dispersal draft), Val Acuna (Not signed), Erik Menk (Trade), Jondan Salvador (Trade)
2014 Draft Pick: #1 pick: Stanley Pringle
Players Added: Nonoy Baclao (Trade), Mark Isip (Trade), Stanley Pringle (Draft),  Roider Cabrera (Free agent), Jojo Duncil (Free agent)

Projected Depth Chart:

CYancy de OcampoKelly NabongJewel Ponferada
FNonoy BaclaoMark IsipKeith Jensen
FRonjay BuenafeRoider Cabrera
GTerrence RomeoJojo DuncilPaolo Taha
GAlex CabagnotStanley Pringle


The Bandwagon Wire Says:

Mikee Romero is one of the premiere owners in professional basketball. The young entrepreneur is dead set on succeeding in the biggest stage in Philippine basketball. Two years into his entry into the big league, however, the team has been cellar dwellers, which must be driving him and current head coach Pido Jarencio nuts! Both are thirsty for at the very least a playoff run in one of the PBA’s three conferences. The problem though is that the management overhauls the team too much.

Going into GlobalPort’s sophomore year in the league, the prevalent storyline for the team was how they scored a coup during the draft. The team had the bromance triangle of former UAAP MVPs RR Garcia and Terrence Romero, and former UAAP Finals MVP Nico Salva in their lineup and was able to trade away the stiff Isaac Holstein for workhorse Justin Chua.

Then the team started trading away. Here’s a summary of the transactions the team made during the last two conferences of the 39th season of the PBA until now:

#1 Former UST Coach Pido Jarencio replaced Coach Richie Ticzon after one conference
#2 Sol Mercado was traded to the Boosters for Alex Cabagnot
#3 Enrico Villanueva was traded to the Energy for Ronnie Matias and Carlos Sharma
#4 Justin Chua was traded to the Beermen for Yousef Taha
#5 Yousef Taha and Ronnie Matias were traded to the Mixers for Yancy de Ocampo and Val Acuna
#6 Nico Salva and Bonbon Custodio were traded to the Energy for Ronjay Buenafe and a future 2nd round pick
#7 RR Garcia was traded to the Energy for Keith Jensen
#8 Eric Menk was traded to the Aces for two future 2nd round picks
#9 Jondan Salvador was traded to the Energy for Mark Isip
#10 Jay Washington was traded to the Tropang Texters for Nonoy Baclao and a pack of peanuts

That’s 10 transactions in a span of 8 months!

Only Terrence Romeo remains from the crop of rookies they drafted a year ago. In a weird twist of fate, the team drafted another point guard as the #1 overall pick in this year’s draft, Stanley Pringle. Now they have three elite point guards in their lineup once more. Last year they had Terrence Romeo playing with RR Garcia and Sol Mercado; this year Romeo has Stanley Pringle and Alex Cabagnot. This brings us to the Batang Pier’s main storyline for this conference:

Romeo, Cabagnot, and Pringle

Out of the three, Romeo has the best ball-handling skills. Cabagnot spaces the floor well and has the body to bang with larger guards, while Pringle has the height advantage (he stands at 6’1) and is the most athletic. The problem is Romeo, Cabagnot, and Pringle need the ball in their hands all of the time. It might be a struggle for Coach Pido to spread equal quality minutes for his point guards since they are most effective with the ball in their hands at all times. One way to counter this would be to move Romeo and/or Pringle to the 2-spot, which would be fun to watch for a viewers standpoint, but will eventually serve as a liability on defense against teams with taller backcourts, like the Hotshots and the Bolts.
Badass Bigs

Coach Pido’s offense relies heavily on bigs who can both defend and knock mid-range shots. Yancy de Ocampo and Mark Isip are the perfect big men for the offensive system, while the shot blocking prowess of Nonoy Baclao, and the tenacious rebounding of Kelly Nabong (Nabong is a man amongst men) are the skill-sets the team has been lacking since day 1. That’s not to say that all four can replace the excellent offensive skill-set of Jay Washington but it would be set-off by how hard these guys play on defense.

2014-15 Philippine Cup Prediction

It’s hard to gauge the ceiling for this team since Stanley Pringle is a game-changing point guard but shares minutes with two elite point guards. Moreover, the team sorely lacks depth at the wings. Maybe a trade, JUST ONE LAST TRADE, could fix this problem.

Our prediction: 9th place, eliminated in the wildcard

 2014-15 PBA Philippine Cup Primers


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