PBA: NSD spirit follows Sol Mercado even in Northport

Paul Lintag on Jun 19, 2019 07:50 PM
PBA: NSD spirit follows Sol Mercado even in Northport
Northport was down 25 late in the third to Rain or Shine before the Batang Pier, only comprised of eight players, embarked on an epic comeback that ended with a two-point win in overtime.

In his first day back as a Batang Pier, Sol Mercado sure witnessed an performance from Northport.

Coming over from Ginebra as part of the mega deal that involved Stanley Pringle, Mercado got a taste of that familiar "Never Say Die" feeling that he’s grown to love in the barangay.

Northport was down 25 late in the third to Rain or Shine before the Batang Pier, only comprised of eight players, embarked on an epic comeback that ended with a two-point win in overtime.

The victory pushed the Batang Pier back on top of the standings and Northport will now be ready to welcome Mercado, as well as Kevin Ferrer and Jervy Cruz, as part of the team.

“It’s amazing,” Mercado said of Northport’s 25-point comeback.

“That’s the kind of culture I want to bring over here [NSD] because I think it’s a winning culture and it looks like that have it. Down 20, they never gave up. Obviously, that comes from the head coach [Pido Jarencio]. He came from the never-say-die culture, they kind of followed his lead and it was amazing,” he added.

Making his way back to the Northport franchise, Mercado is ready to bring more of the same game he had with Ginebra.

However, he knows he’ll be put in a different role with the Batang Pier and Sol is ready to step up.

“I'm just trying to bring that same intensity. Trying to be the best defender on the court, I think my game will open up a little more because my role will be different here,” Mercado said.

“[In Ginebra], I was more kind of a defender and a ball mover. Here, they kind of want me to lead from the front. So, my role will definitely change,” he added.

 

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