GlobalPort owns arguably the best backcourt duo in the league in Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle.
But through four games in its semifinals series against Alaska, the Batang Pier’s star tandem is no match to the Aces’ “we not me” brand of basketball.
Down 3-1 in a best-of-seven, GlobalPort veteran Joseph Yeo knows he and the rest not named Romeo or Pringle have to step up if the Batang Pier want to give themselves a chance and extend the series.
“It should be me, [Keith] Jensen, Jay Washington [but] we just couldn’t deliver,” said Yeo, who finished with eight points on 3-of-7 shooting from the field in almost 19 minutes of action in Game 4 on Sunday night.
“They’re giving us the open threes, but we can’t deliver. We miss one and Alaska is off and running.”
Romeo and Pringle combined for nearly half of GlobalPort’s output in a 109-84 loss.
The Aces, led by their tireless forward Calvin Abueva, ran the Batang Pier into the ground with 31 fastbreak points.
“Basketball looks so easy to them, they go on fastbreaks while we go for more one-on-one plays.”
Not only were the Batang Pier ripped apart in transition, the Aces’ depth also proved to be a big factor with their bench putting up 75 points compared to Globalport’s 36.
“Their experience and depth was a big factor, Cyrus [Baguio] played in the second half,” Yeo said. “You see their depth, anyone can deliver, we don’t know who to defend, unlike us who’s very predictable because you know who gets the ball.”