GlobalPort Batang Pier
|GlobalPort Batang Pier|
|GlobalPort Batang Pier (2012–present)|
|Team colors||Black, Green, White
|Company||Sultan 900 Capital, Inc.|
|Head coach||Eric Gonzales (interim)|
The GlobalPort Batang Pier is a Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) team that first played in the 2012–13 PBA season. The team took over the franchise of the Powerade Tigers in 2012 after it was sold to Sultan 900 Capital, Inc. Besides GlobalPort, team owner Mikee Romero also co-owned the AirAsia Philippine Patriots of the ASEAN Basketball League.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Harbour Centre Batang Pier
- 1.2 Sale of the Powerade franchise
- 1.3 2012-2013 Season
- 1.4 2013-2014 Season
- 1.5 2014-2015 Season
- 2 Current roster
- 3 Season-by-season records
- 4 Head coaches
- 5 Player of Note
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Harbour Centre Batang Pier
Sale of the Powerade franchise
On July 30, 2012, Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc. announced that their PBA team, the Powerade Tigers, was sold to Sultan 900, Inc. which is owned and represented by its chairman and CEO Michael Romero. The Board of Governors unanimously approved the purchase on a special board meeting on August 17.
The GlobalPort Batang Pier entered the league under the guidance of rookie head coach, Glenn Capacio, with the lineup led by Powerade carry-overs Gary David, Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Rudy Lingganay, Rey Guevarra, Jondan Salvador, Josh Vanlandingham, Will Antonio, Alex Crisano and Rommel Adducul, together with off-season trade in from Barangay Ginebra, Willie Miller (in exchange for JVee Casio), draft picks Vic Manuel, Jason Deutchman and AJ Mandani, and signed free agents Marvin Cruz, Mark Yee and Angelus Raymundo. The team finished with a disappointing 1-13 record in its maiden campaign, winning only on October 17, 2012 against Meralco.
Former Barako Bull Energy Cola coach Junel Baculi was appointed as the new head coach, while Glenn Capacio stayed on the GlobalPort coaching staff as Baculi’s lead assistant. The team pulled off a major roster revamp, as the PBA approved two trades that landed previous conference's cellar dweller a major boost in the form of Sol Mercado and Japeth Aguilar, thus, forming the team's so-called MMDA (Miller, Mercado, David and Aguilar). The team acquired Mercado from the Meralco Bolts along with Kelly Nabong, Jaypee Belencion and Yousif Aljamal, in exchange for Rey Guevarra, Vic Manuel, Josh Vanlandingham and their 2015 1st-round pick, while Rabeh Al-Hussaini was traded out to Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters for Aguilar. The new Batang Pier looked promising after winning 2 of its first 3 games, but then the team lost all of its remaining games in the elimination, ending its campaign with a 2-12 record.
On June 11, 2013, GlobalPort's MMDA was disbanded as Japeth Aguilar was traded to Barangay Ginebra for Yousef Taha and the 2013 1st round draft pick it received from Talk 'N Text. In a separate deal, the team acquired Jay Washington from Petron Blaze Boosters for Jason Deutchman and the Batang Pier’s 2016 and 2017 second round draft picks. The team ended the eliminations with a 4-5 record as Jay Washington exploded for a career-high of 30 points and led the team in a win on their final elimination assignment against Ginebra. After two consecutive conferences finishing at the bottom of the standings, the team finally lands a spot in the play-offs as they finished fifth in the eliminations. Facing the 4th-seeded Rain or Shine Elasto Painters having a twice-to-beat advantage, and as head coach Junel Baculi got ejected for a second technical foul late at the 3rd quarter, the Batang Pier lost by a single basket and got eliminated in the first game of their quarterfinals series.
Before the start of the next season, the GlobalPort Batang Pier underwent another major overhaul. They let coach Junel Baculi go and appointed Richie Ticzon as new coach in an interim capacity. They've also traded away Gary David to Meralco. David was packaged by Globaport Batang Pier with rookie guard AJ Mandani and sent to Meralco for guard Chris Ross, Chris Timberlake and two future second-round draft picks. Ross was also traded away to Petron for Dennis Miranda, who was eventually traded to Barako in exchange for the 6th overall draft pick  which they used to select RR Garcia. They also traded Willie Miller to Barako Bull in exchange for veteran Enrico Villanueva on draft day.
To infuse some young blood to the team, they drafted college standouts Terrence Romeo (in the expense of sending Yousef Taha to Petron), Garcia, Isaac Holstein, Nico Salva and LA Revilla, who are tasked to team up with established veterans Sol Mercado, Jay Washington, and former league MVP Eric Menk, who returned from playing in the ABL. Holstein was later traded to San Mig Super Coffee Mixers in exchange for fellow rookie Justin Chua and veteran Leo Najorda. The team also acquired Jewel Ponferada from the Mixers for a future draft pick and signed up Marvin Hayes. As a result, they are a team that is fun to watch, with Romeo's scoring prowess and Garcia's steady playmaking. They have even won their first ever winning streak since they joined the league. However, things go down the drain as they lost five straight games, only to be snapped in a win against Alaska, to keep their playoff hopes alive.
They ended their Philippine Cup elimination campaign with 5-9 win-loss record, taking the seventh place playoff spot, and were pitted against twice-to-beat Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the quarterfinal round. They were ousted by E-Painters in their lone playoff game.
Prior to the start of the next conference, they have made significant changes again. Pido Jarencio takes over as the new coach, in his first pro coaching career, replacing Richie Ticzon. They have also traded away Sol Mercado for Alex Cabagnot. They sent Leo Najorda back to Barako Bull for point guard Jonas Villanueva, with Villanueva then getting conveyed to Air21 for guard Bonbon Custodio. Eric Menk was also appointed as the new captain of the team. Mark Macapagal was signed in from free agency. In the middle of the conference, big man Enrico Villanueva, who only played one game for Batang Pier, was acquired by Air21 in exchange for Ronnie Matias and Carlo Sharma. After losing their first 8 games, the Batang Pier won their last assignment against the Barako Bull to give rookie head coach Pido Jarencio his first win in the PBA. The team finished last in this conference.
Before the Commissioner's Cup officially ended, GlobalPort pushed through their bid to acquire Yousef Taha from the San Miguel Beermen in exchange of rookie big man, Justin Chua. After playing for a few games for the Batang Pier, Taha was then shipped to the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers camp along with Ronnie Matias for center Yancy De Ocampo and sniper Val Acuña. In a separate deal, GlobalPort traded Nico Salva and Bonbon Custodio to the Barako Bull Energy to acquire Ronjay Buenafe plus a future second-round pick of the Energy. Rudy Lingganay was also reacquired after being released prior to the start of the previous conference. A repeat performance for the Batang Pier as they ended the season-ending conference with another 1-8 win-loss record.
New season, new logo, new players. GlobalPort continues to build its lineup. During the offseason, several trades were approved by the PBA. The team started by a one on one trade between incoming sophomore point guard RR Garcia for the services of Barako Bull forward Keith Jensen. It was followed by the departure of ex-team captain Eric Menk to join the Alaska Aces in exchange for two second-round picks. Jondan Salvador was then shipped back to Barako Bull for sweet-shooting forward Mark Isip. And after being in and out of the trading block, GlobalPort management decided to trade Gilas forward Jay Washington to Talk 'N Text for Nonoy Baclao and the Tropang Texters’ 2017 first round pick. The team also had a big rookie harvest from the 2014 PBA Draft selecting Stanley Pringle as the 1st overall pick, Anthony Semerad (7th), Prince Caperal (17th) and John Pinto (19th). Jojo Duncil was then picked-up by the Batang Pier, after being released by Barako Bull and signed the undrafted rookie Roider Cabrera, including the unsigned Kia Sorento pick, Paolo Taha.
Jarencio steered the team to a 4-4 start, including a huge upset victory against Talk 'N Text, which was also the franchise' first win against the Texters since joining the league in 2012. The average margin of their losses was only 4.25 points, until they were hammered by the San Miguel Beermen with a 95-69 defeat, resulting to a sudden change within their coaching staff. Assistant coach Eric Gonzales was appointed as interim head coach, while Jarencio was named as the team's consultant. In this instance, the coaching change produced instant results for GlobalPort. The team gave Barangay Ginebra a tough beating with a 21-point victory. Gonzales became only man to claim a first game win as head coach of the Batang Pier, aside from helming the franchise to its biggest win since joining the league prior to the 2012-13 season. The team then lost its chance for a twice-to-beat edge to the Meralco Bolts on their final elimination game. They placed 8th with a 5-6 record. Before the start of the quarterfinals, Alex Cabagnot was traded back to San Miguel in exchange for Sol Mercado and the second-round picks of 2018 and 2019 . The team ended the campaign with the loss to Barangay Ginebra in the play-offs. Before the tourney was over, Mercado was traded away after playing one game for the Batang Pier to Barako Bull in exchange for Denok Miranda and a 2016 second-rounder. 
GlobalPort Batang Pier roster
- Records from the 2013–14 PBA season:
|Season||Conference||Team name||Elimination round||Playoffs|
|2012-13||Philippine||GlobalPort Batang Pier||10th/10||14||1||13||.071||11||Did not qualify|
|Commissioner's||10th/10||14||2||12||.143||9||Did not qualify|
|Governors'||5th/10||9||4||5||.444||4||Quarterfinals||Rain or Shine** 108, GlobalPort 106|
|2013-14||Philippine||7th/10||14||5||9||.357||6||Quarterfinals||Rain or Shine** 106, GlobalPort 96|
|Commissioner's||10th/10||9||1||8||.111||8||Did not qualify|
|Governors'||10th/10||9||1||8||.111||6||Did not qualify|
|Elimination round||69||14||55||.203||—||0 semifinal appearances|
|Playoffs||2||0||2||.000||—||0 Finals appearances|
|Cumulative records||71||14||57||.197||—||0 championships|
**team had the twice-to-beat advantage
|GlobalPort Batang Pier head coaches|
Player of Note
Other Notable Players
- Val Acuña
- Rommel Adducul
- Japeth Aguilar
- Rabeh Al-Hussaini
- Will Antonio
- Jaypee Belencion
- Alex Cabagnot
- Justin Chua
- Alex Crisano
- Marvin Cruz
- Bonbon Custodio
- Jopher Custodio
- Gary David
- Jason Deutchman
- RR Garcia
- Rey Guevarra
- Marvin Hayes
- Rudy Lingganay
- Mark Macapagal
- AJ Mandani
- Vic Manuel
- Ronnie Matias
- Sol Mercado
- Eric Menk
- Willie Miller
- Leo Najorda
- Angelus Raymundo
- Nico Salva
- Jondan Salvador
- Yousef Taha
- Josh Vanlandingham
- Enrico Villanueva
- Jay Washington
- Mark Yee
- Justin Williams (2013 PBA Commissioner's Cup)
- Walter Sharpe (2013 PBA Commissioner's Cup)
- Sylvester Morgan (2013 PBA Commissioner's Cup)
- Markeith Cummings (2013 PBA Governor's Cup)
- Evan Brock (2014 PBA Commissioner's Cup)
- LeRoy Hickerson (2014 PBA Governors' Cup)
- Dior Lowhorn (2014 PBA Governors' Cup)
- C. J. Leslie (2015 PBA Commissioner's Cup)
- PBA: Powerade franchise sold to Mikee Romero-owned Sultan 900 Inc., GMA News Online, July 30, 2012
- Goodbye Tigers: Coca-Cola sells Powerade PBA franchise to Mikee Romero, InterAKTV, July 30, 2012
- Mikee takes over Powerade, Nelson Beltran, The Philippine Star, July 31, 2012
- GlobalPort officially accepted as newest member of the PBA, Rey Joble, InterAKTV, August 17, 2012
- PBA: Sale of Powerade Tigers franchise to Romero group approved, GMA News Online, August 17, 2012
- Junel Baculi to coach GlobalPort, Glenn Capacio stays as top assistant, InterAKTV, January 3, 2013
- GlobalPort revamps roster, adds Sol Mercado, Japeth Aguilar, GMA News Online, January 31, 2013
- BARANGAY GINEBRA FINALLY LANDS AGUILAR, pba.nquirer.net, June 11, 2013
- Dy, Richard. "Big Globalport gamble as Ritchie Ticzon named head coach in interim capacity". Spin.ph.
- Badua, Snow. "'El Granada' David sent by Globalport to Meralco in four-player trade". SPIN.ph.
- Badua, Snow. "Teng the ultimate target as Ross to be traded to Barako for sixth pick in PBA draft". SPIN.ph.
- Dy, Richard. "'Thriller' Miller looking for one final title run at Barako, eyes future coaching career". SPIN.ph.
- Dy, Richard. "Globalport tries to get back on the winning track as it battles lowly Air21".
- Dy, Richard. "GlobalPort finds an unlikely hero in Nabong to nip Alaska in overtime thriller". SPIN.ph.
- Dy, Richard. "Belga comes to Rain or Shine's rescue as Painters oust Globalport to make semis". SPIN.ph.
- Badua, Snow. "Pido Jarencio eyed for GlobalPort job as owner Romero hints at coaching change". SPIN.ph.
- Petron/San Miguel Beer shakes up roster, brings aboard Sol Mercado and Rico Maierhofer, GMA News Online, February 18, 2014
- Dy, Richard. "'Major Pain' now a captain as Eric Menk keen to lead by example at GlobalPort". SPIN.ph.
- Petron/GlobalPort and San Miguel Beer push through with Taha for Chua trade, GMA News Online, April 29, 2014
- Salva, Buenafe, Matias, Acuna, Custodio added to package as San Mig, GlobalPort, Barako seal seven-player deal, SPIN.ph, June 3, 2014
- PBA: GlobalPort swaps Garcia for Barako Bull's Jensen, GMA News Online, June 24, 2014
- ALASKA ACQUIRES ERIK MENK FROM GLOBALPORT FOR TWO PICKS, Solar Sports Desk, August 12, 2014
- GlobalPort's Jay Washington returning to Talk 'N Text in trade for Noy Baclao, 2017 first-round pick, spin.ph, September 22, 2014
- BIG ROOKIE HARVEST FOR GLOBALPORT, PBA (Inquirer), August 25, 2014
- GLOBALPORT SURPRISES GINEBRA, PBA (Inquirer), November 30, 2014
- Alex Cabagnot returns to San Miguel Beer, Sol Mercado back with GlobalPort in revised trade deal, spin.ph, December 10, 2014
- Sol Mercado on the move again as GlobalPort ships him to Barako Bull for Denok Miranda, InterAksyon.com, January 8, 2015
- Terrado, Reuben. "True to character, Pido Jarencio keeps mood light as he bids UST Tigers farewell". SPIN.ph. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
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