By Ivan Saldajeno
MANILA--GlobalPort had a sluggish start in the PBA Commissioner's Cup, dropping its first two games by huge margins.
Things will even get tougher for the Batang Pier as Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, who have been in the last two finals series, are up next on Wednesday.
"Mahirap na kalaban [ang Ginebra]. Defending champion [sa Governors' Cup]. Tapos 0-2 pa kami ngayon," said star player Terrence Romeo.
However, he hopes that GlobalPort will stay bullish in its campaign in the mid-season conference despite the early struggles.
"Kailangan [meron kaming] positive thinking going to that game, kasi pag papunta pa lang kami sa game na yun, naisip na namin na matatalo kami, wala kaming pupuntahan. Kaya kailangan dala namin yung confidence, chemistry, at yung maayos na game," Romeo continued.
However, he also admitted that KG Canaleta will be dearly missed in the Batang Pier's 7 p.m. clash with the Barangay at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
"Malaking bagay si Kuya KG kasi stretch-4 [siya then] 3 [na] pumuposte. Pero ganun pa man, kailangan naming maglaro sa kung ano lang yung piyesa na meron kami. Yun lang ang talent na meron kami. Mag-focus lang kami sa team namin ngayon," Romeo said about Canaleta, who was traded to Blackwater last week for seldom-used Dylan Ababou and James Forrester.
Meanwhile, GlobalPort is not the only team with a roster tweak for Wednesday night as Mahindra announced the signing of Keith Wright.
Listed at six-feet-eight, Wright, a former teammate of NBA star Jeremy Lin at Harvard, played in Europe before playing in the NBA D-League.
Despite being undersized, Wright has been known as a rim protector in college and the pros, making him a good fit to replace James White for the Floodbusters, who will face the Star Hotshots in the curtain-raiser at 4:15 p.m.
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