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GlobalPort coach Junel Baculi wants defensive players in lineup

AKTV/Paolo Papa

AKTV/Paolo Papa

Despite a massive buildup prior to the Commissioner’s Cup, the GlobalPort Batang Pier still finished dead last in the PBA, making the team’s brain trust go back to the drawing board.

“I’m very disappointed with our performance. Not only me, but also team owner Mikee Romero,” GlobalPort coach Junel Baculi told InterAKTV in a telephone interview.

“Despite the potential of our team, we failed to come up with positive results.”

Baculi noted several factors that affected the Batang Pier’s campaign.

“We had our run of bad luck in choosing imports, but we cannot blame it on import woes alone,” said Baculi. “The locals had their shortcomings too.”

The injury bug also hit GlobalPort, with new recruits Kelly Nabong and Sol Mercado spending significant time in sick bay.

“We hope they could join us soon. Sol is one of our top local players while Kelly is one of our top defensive players and rebounders,” said Baculi, adding the team needs to focus its buildup for the Governors’ Cup on that end.

“We were last in defense last time, so we would like to get players who can defend,” said the coach, adding that he is open to trades or signing players via free agency.

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