PBA: Northport keeps heads up after magical run ends in semis
Paul Lintag on Dec 20, 2019 10:26 PM
“Nag-overachieve kami. Wala naman nag-expect na nandito kami eh.” — Pido Jarencio after Northport makes its semis exit. (Photo by Arvin Lim)
Northport’s magical run in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup ends in Game 4 of the semifinals against Barangay Ginebra.
The Batang Pier became only the fourth no. 8 seed to take down a top-ranked team in the playoffs, erasing NLEX’s twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
Northport’s triple-overtime win against the Road Warriors in the do-or-die for the semis will go down as one of the best games ever in league history.
As so as the banged-up Batang Pier make their exit, there’s no reason for them to keep their head down.
“Okay pa rin kami,” head coach Pido Jarencio said.
“Nag-overachieve kami. Wala naman nag-expect na nandito kami eh,” he added.
A team in transition, making multiple big trades this season, Northport can’t say anything about what moves that have for the future.
However, their team now expects key guys like Robert Bolick, Kevin Ferrer, and Sol Mercado to return from injury.
If the Batang Pier decide to run it back, they’re going to be a problem for the rest of the league.
“Basta kami, were always preparing for the next conference. Kung sino man ang line-up, lalaban tayo,” coach Pido said.
“Yun lang naman ang sa akin eh, lalaban lang,” Jarencio added.
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