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Jarencio ready to move on from Pringle, looks forward to utilize new acquisitions

by Reynald Magallon, June 18, 2019 8:32pm

NorthPort Batang Pier head coach Pido Jarencio was quick to move on from Stanley Pringle and is now looking forward to utilize his new acquisitions to boost their campaign in the ongoing 2019 Commissioner's Cup.

"Di na natin kailangan isipin 'yon (Pringle's depature) ang isipin natin yung dumating. Kasi natrade na eh, kaya di na kailangan isipin kung malaking kawalan si Pringle kundi kung ano yung maitutulong nung tatlo," Jarencio told Courtside Philippines in a phone interview

Pringle was sent to Ginebra in exchange for Kevin Ferrer, Sol Mercado and Jervy Cruz on Tuesday afternoon. Incidentally, both Cruz and Ferrer have played under Jarencio during his coaching stint in the UST Growling Tigers in the UAAP.

Jarencio said the acquisition of the three players will be a huge help for the Batang Pier  who has been playing depleted owing to injuries.

"Siguro kahit papaano makakatulong na sa amin yung talong dumating Kevin, Jervy and Sol especially ngayon puro injured yung players namin, halos wala talaga kaming players," Jarencio said.

"Sol is an experienced and stable guard, experienced na talaga and winner," Jarencio said of Mercado who previously played for NorthPort in 2014.

"Si Kevin eksakto, medyo bata pa, mabalik lang yung kumpyansa niya, galing naman sa akin yan, nahandle ko yan ako nagpalaki sa mga batang yan, sa three position which is nawala si Grey sa amin sakto siya. Then ito si Jervy Cruz, full of experience, winner, ilang championship sa mga teams ang napuntahan, eksakto siya na pamalit kay Brad Guinto na nasa injury list, kahit papano nacover nila yung players na wala sa amin," Jarencio continued.

The Batang Pier, however, had a huge gap left after Pringle's departure but Jarencio stressed they are expecting no one to fill in the gap alone but instead they're looking to distribute the load to the rest of the team.

"We work as a team hindi namin aasahan ang isang tao lang. We play together. Team concept kami, kaya ang load para sa lahat, hindi lang sa iisa," he stressed.

The post-Pringle era will start for NorthPort on Wednesday when they take on the Rain or Shine Elastopainters. The Batang Pier however will be playing with a depleted line-up with Nico Elorde, still a game day decision due to a hamstring strain, Jonathan Grey out for five months due to a teared right patellar tendon while the three acquisition from the Pringle trade will not yet suit up for the 5-1 Batang Pier.

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