Batang Pier still building chemistry, but ‘it’s scary how good we could be,’ says Washington
GlobalPort may be getting the win, but veteran Jay Washington thinks the Batang Pier could still be a lot more formidable.
The Batang Pier escaped Barako Bull, 105-91, in overtime in Sunday for their victory against one loss in the 2015-2016 PBA Philippine Cup.
“I think we have a lot of room for improvement, a lot of stuff we can get better at. We’ve been winning off of our talent, of having a guy like Stanley (Pringle) or Terrence (Romeo). We’ve been solid, but I feel there’s so much room for improvement in our team. It’s crazy how much better we can get if we were clicking the way we should be on the floor.”
The 33-year-old forward admitted that the team is still looking for that consistency, especially when it comes to their chemistry with guys like Terrence Romeo joining the team late in the training camp.
“With Terrence coming back so late from Gilas and being such a dynamic player for our team, getting used to him with the team on the floor, it’s an adjustment for everybody,” he said. “Him being one of our key players, we all just have to continue work together. Chemistry isn’t anything you can figure out in one or two practices. It’s everybody feeling comfortable with each other and the time we spend together.”
Washington admits that even he himself is struggling to get to get into rhythm, but he managed to drain a crucial trey with 49.2 seconds left in overtime to put the game away from the Energy.
“Sometimes on the floor, I struggle getting to a rhythm in the course of the game, but that shot was no different than any one I take, it’s just that I feel more comfortable going on a rhythm,” he shared.
But Washington knows that once they start clicking together, the ceiling is limitless for the Batang Pier.
Washington ended, “It’s good that we’re getting these early wins. It’s frustrating at times (that we’re not on the same page), but we’re happy to win and we know we could get a lot better. It’s a lot of positive stuff to look at. It’s scary how good we could be.”
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