GlobalPort’s returning import Calvin Warner barely showed any signs of fatigue coming off a lengthy flight as he fit seamlessly into the Batang Pier roster in his 2016 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup debut on Friday.
Warner, an undersized power forward at 6-foot-5, posted 11 points and 21 rebounds and had little trouble adjusting to GlobalPort’s fast-paced style anchored on their talented backcourt of Terrence Romeo, Stanley Pringle and Joseph Yeo in a 108-101 win over Tropang TNT.
GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio praised the import’s attitude and his contributions in just his first game back.
“Yung import namin very professional,” Jarencio told sportswriters. “Nagtrabaho siya ng husto kahit na 30 hours yung flight niya galing sa Dominican Republic, then nagkaamuyan agad sila nina Terrence and Stanley.”
Jarencio felt that, despite Warner being smaller than the team’s previous import Brian Williams, the new import can provide the team with what they need.
“Kay Brian kasi parang bitin kami,” Jarencio said.
Warner is known to be an excellent rebounder as proven in his previous stint with the Batang Pier. He played four games and even grabbed 30 rebounds in a single game before the team was eliminated.
Jarencio added the team has long-term plans for Warner, who will be suiting up for them not only in this conference but also the season-ending Governors’ Cup, just like Barangay Ginebra’s Othyus Jeffers.