PBA: Injury bug and Asian Games duty hamper NorthPort
Philip Matel on Aug 19, 2018 08:17 PM
NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio was certainly unfiltered when he made his remarks on the game against NLEX. (FILE PHOTO)
ANTIPOLO CITY -- The rebranded Batang Pier is not off to a promising start as they are plagued with a spate of injuries and national team duties.
Mikee Romero's franchise, now named NorthPort, debuted their new red-orange color scheme and veered away from the neon green overalls, which they have been using since 2013.
Furthermore, they started their duties as the NorthPort Batang Pier with a 123-107 loss against streaking NLEX, also a team without their backcourt, a player, and even their head coach.
The Batang Pier are without star guard Stanley Pringle, who is in Indonesia to defend flag and country, while Sean Anthony is nursing a calf injury.
"Wala talaga e. Kahit anong gawin ko, unang una, namiss namin yung dalawa e si Stanley and Sean. For sure, baka mga September okay na yung dalawa. Mga September 1," Batang Pier head coach Pido Jarencio said.
Things took a cruel turn as Jeric Teng also tweaked his calf in the third quarter and Nico Elorde seemed to have hurt his back badly after suffering a bad fall in the same period as well.
"Kala namin okay lang, pero ngayon di makatayo," the mentor said on Elorde.
The fiery coach was certainly unfiltered when he made his remarks on the game.
"NLEX played very well, [expletive] they’re making their shots wala na kaming magagawa e. Everybody’s making their shots. Kami naman, di makadepensa. Alam mo naman pag di ka makadepensa, di ka makashoot, frustrations come in. Lahat e. Parang yung mundo ang bigat na."
More problems may arise for the Batang Pier as they will face a new-look Phoenix squad next Sunday that will feature temperamental forward Calvin Abueva and sharpshooter Matthew Wright.
Jarencio also added that reinforcement Rashad Woods was frustrated with the loss, which was basically a close game until it blew wide-open for the Road Warriors midway through the third quarter.
"Nung dumating [si Woods], andun si Sean and Stanley in practice. We played against Magnolia naglaro si Stanley with Rashad kaya nakita niya na, positive siya maganda ang takbo."
"Alam mo naman yung dalawa, si Stanley nagpapagaling ng kasama e. Nadadala niya. Yung defense nacocollapse sa kanya. For now, siyempre, wala e. Kailangan magstep up talaga yung players e."
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