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PBA: Ticzon named interim Globalport coach

Former PBA player Ritchie Ticzon has been named the interim coach of Globalport, taking over the position vacated by Junel Baculi after the Batang Pier decided to overhaul their coaching staff in the hopes of having a better performance in their second PBA season.

Under the 41-year-old Ticzon, Globalport responded with a victory opposite Alaska, 102-92, in their tune-up game as Sol Mercado scored 21 points, while rookies Terrence Romeo and Nico Salva added 18 and 13 points yesterday at Hoops Center in Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City.

Globalport owner Mikee Romero, who was at the venue, said that he decided to go with Ticzon despite his lack of coaching experience, believing that the former Ateneo star has the knowledge and skills to lead his team.

“Yes he’s unproven but cerebral. He’s also very good in motivating the players,” said Romero.

“Why not risk (on a young and unproven coach)? Big risk means big return. I have turned everything upside down with this team, so why not the coaching staff,” said Romero.

Ticzon, who suited up for Purefoods, Shell and Alaska, will be backed by assistants Eric Gonzales, Mac Kuan, Boni Tan and Glenn Capacio.

Whether Ticzon’s status will be upgraded depends on the outcome of the Batang Pier’s campaign after the Philippine Cup, said Romero.

Alex Compton, an assistant over at Alaska, was earlier eyed to take over the coaching chores but management was unable to reach an agreement with him.

Romero also tried to hook up with either one of the Racela brothers—Olsen and Nash—but efforts proved futile.

Globalport put an end to its relationship with the temperamental Junel Baculi last Friday.

Globalport faces Petron Blaze on Nov. 20, three days after the formal opening of the Philippine Cup.