PBA: Qualls keeps promise despite Northport’s semis exit
Paul Lintag on Dec 23, 2019 06:31 AM
Qualls arrived in the middle of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup for Northport and his explosiveness helped ignite the Batang Pier’s magical conference run. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
For a first time PBA import, Michael Qualls certainly did good.
Qualls arrived in the middle of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup for Northport and his explosiveness helped ignite the Batang Pier’s magical conference run.
Teaming up with Christian Standhardinger, Qualls helped push Northport to become only the fourth no. 8 seed to take down a no. 1 seed in the playoffs to make the semifinals.
The team’s run ended in Game 4 of the semis against Barangay Ginebra.
“We can’t really get over that hump, but you know, it was a great experience playing with these guys. I really like it. I feel like we proved a lot. Like I said in my first interview when I came here, I wanted to show that we can make it to the playoffs and further,” Qualls said.
“I feel like I did that. So I was a man of my word even though we fell short. But you know, we gotta have our hats off to the team and the program,” he added.
In a time when PBA teams mostly rely on resident imports or former NBA talent, Qualls feels like a reinforcement taken from yesteryear.
But Qualls certainly impressed in the PBA and the league made quite an impression on him as well.
If given the chance, he’d love to come back, much earlier too.
“I love being here. It’s great. The guys showed me a great time, you know. I feel like I got adjusted to it well,” he said.
“We never know what next year holds, but if I’m here, [hopefully] I won’t be a replacement and maybe I’d be able to come earlier and get a better chemistry with the team, opposed to coming late,” Qualls added.
Getting eliminated so close to the Holidays, Qualls turns his focus to other, more important things.
“Of course I gotta buy my son a lot of stuff, you know. You know, just chill with family, get together,” he said.
“Hopefully, you know, me and the team can link up later and just hang out. We accomplished a lot, you know. No reason to have our heads down. Ginebra, they’re a real good team. We have to bring our A-game every night if we wanna beat them,” Qualls added.
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