Away from his hometown, GlobalPort Batang Pier import Mike Glover made use of their Sunday PBA game to remember his fallen Lawndale College teammate.
The 28-year old Glover stuck a tape on his left cheek with J Mills engraved on it, in honor of his former college teammate Jonathan Mills who was gunned down and killed last July 26.
“That was for my teammate who I went to college with. He was killed a couple of days ago, he’s from Chicago,” said Glover.
Travell Taylor, 24, has been charged in the shooting incident.
Eager to win for Mills and also for his team, Glover muscled his way to score 27 points and 17 rebounds but it was still not enough to lead the Batang Pier to their first win in the Governors’ Cup after a tough 120-107 loss to Phoenix.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t come out with a win so I feel kind of bad,” said ‘Optimus Prime,’ who had a hard time stopping Fuel Masters’ new import Eugene Phelps.
Phelps, nicknamed ‘El Destructor’, exploded for 52 markers despite a busted lip and pulled tooth in his debut to spoil Glover’s game dedicated for Mills.
“We should take that personal, that’s pretty embarrassing. We need to take pride of our defense not just individually but as a team,” he said of Phelps’ performance.
Playing his second game, Glover believes the only way for the still winless GlobalPort to get out of the cellar is defense.
“We have to play better defense,” he said. “That’s the key of winning games, winning in the playoffs. If we want to make the playoffs, we have to play defense and get rebounds.” – By Jason Mercene
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