Kumpleto Na Kami! NorthPort Gears Up For PBA Cup Restart
The semifinals finish during the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup serve as a motivation for the NorthPort Batang Pier ahead of the restart of 2020 PBA Philippine Cup on October 11 at Angeles University Foundation in Clark, Pampanga.
Save for Robert Bolick, who was a late scratch from the Batang Pier’s final roster due to lack of clearance for his return, the Batang Pier is set to welcome back guard Jonathan Grey and center Bradwyn Guinto.
Grey has recovered from his right patellar tendon tear that sidelined him in the Governors’ Cup, while Guinto also healed his knee injury. Bolick tore his anterior cruciate ligament injury last year but was advised not to suit up yet in the “PBA Bubble.”
“Hindi naman siguro masamang mag-ambisyon na baka lang maging pandemic champion dahil short conference lang, e,” Batang Pier team manager Bonnie Tan. “Ang laking bagay yung binigay sa kanila na break na maka-recover agad.”
Even with their decimated roster last year, the Batang Pier made it to the semis of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup anchored on the workhorse effort of big man Christian Standhardinger and import Michael Qualls.
As the no. 8 seeded team, NorthPort stunned top seed NLEX by beating the Road Warriors twice in a row in the quarterfinals to arrange a semis series against Barangay Ginebra. The Kings exposed the worn-out Batang Pier though, by scoring a 3-1 win in their best-of-five duel.
“Last conference nasa semis kami. So baka puwede nating ma-improve pag kumpleto kami,” said Tan. “Kumpleto na kami ngayon, kaya excited kami. Pati sila (Batang Pier head) coach Pido (Jarencio) excited na for the coming conference.”