PBA IMAGESGlobalPort head coach Franz Pumaren knows he has to get something from his bench players if the team aspires to advance to the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.The Batang Pier ranks dead last in the league with only 23.2 bench points per game.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely “Basketball is 48 minutes, so even if the starters play well for 36, the other 12 minutes should be solid to win the game. Bench contributions come in big in those situations, and we all try to collectively do our part so that we can contribute in the games,” he said.Pessumal is confident that this game could be an eye-opener for GlobalPort to make the most of its arsenal.“Terrence is our number one option, but I think that when he comes back, we’ll be more deadly if the bench can contribute while he’s also on the court,” he said. “We just have to play together more and understand that if we want to make it to the playoffs, we need to be a team. We’re getting there slowly. Hopefully, this will be a springboard for us to get to the playoffs.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View comments Tenorio praises Aguilar’s defense in Gins win over TNT Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But on Sunday, without Terrence Romeo to lean on, the reserves finally stepped up for GlobalPort in a 105-86 rout of Mahindra much to the delight of Pumaren.“If you look at our games, our bench was hardly a factor, but now it was able to give us a lift,” Pumaren said after the Batang Pier got 35 bench points in the blowout. “Hopefully, the bench will continue helping us in our coming games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnOne of those reserves who picked up the slack was rookie Von Pessumal, who had a field day from threes as he shot 4-of-9 from beyond the arc to register a career-best 14 points.The former Ateneo shooter acknowledges how big of a boost bench support can provide for a team. That’s why he’s continually challenging himself to step up to the plate regardless of what the situation is.