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Facing his former team in Ginebra is going to be ‘fun’ and ‘hard’, says Mercado

by Niel Victor Masoy, November 28, 2019 8:50pm

Sol Mercado is going to face his former team in the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the best-of-five Semifinals series of the 2019 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.

And for Mercado, who was traded by Ginebra along with Jervy Cruz and Kevin Ferrer to NorthPort to get Stanley Pringle, going up against the Gin Kings is going to be fun and hard.

It’s fun because he is going to face his brothers, but hard because he knows how strong of a team the Gin Kings are. 

It’s gonna be fun. It’s definitely exciting playing against those guys,” said Mercado, whose Batang Pier squad just outlasted the NLEX Road Warriors in their knockout match on Wednesday that went to pulsating three overtime periods.

“It’s gonna be hard. When we’re not playing against them, I’m rooting for those guys. They’re my brothers. But I can’t do that this time. So it’s gonna be hard, it’s gonna be fun,” remarked Mercado, who played for Ginebra from 2015 to 2019, winning three titles with the most popular team in the PBA.

“Ginebra is a different beast. Not just about natural talent, but with how they move the ball, how they defend. You just can’t go out there and do one-on-one.”

With this, ‘The Sol Train’ said the Batang Pier has to play as a team to give itself a chance against Ginebra. Mercado doesn’t know what their chances are against the Kings, but he assured that they are out to give everything they’ve got in the Semis. 

“You just can’t go out there and do one-on-one. We have to play team basketball because that’s what they’re gonna do,” remarked the six-foot combo guard.

“I believe in these guys that play. I don’t know what our chances are.  But I know that we’re gonna play hard every single game.”

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