Batang pier vs Dyip

January 24, 2019

NORTHPORT against Columbian Dyip. Robert Bolick versus CJ Perez. Coach Pido Jarencio against former assistant coach Johnedel Cardel.

These storylines are enough to make tonight’s PBA Philippine Cup game between NorthPort and Columbian exciting enough to watch at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

The game is  set at 4:30 p.m. with the Batang Pier seeking a third straight win  that would put them in a two-way tie for the top spot with Phoenix Pulse and the Dyip gunning for a second win in three matches  that would put them back on the winning track.

“Two-zero (record), pero malayo pa. But  this is a  big morale booster for the team, sa  mga players, sa coaching staff, sa lahat,” said NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio after the Batang Pier’s 95-90 winover NLEX..

“Matibay-tibay na team na yung  tinalo namin,” added Jarencio.

“We’re not  that strong yet. If  we play together  malakas kami. If not, wala kaming  chance manalo,” said  Cardel,  who once served as assistant coach of  Jarencio in the Batang Pier.    

“Kompiyansa sila (NorthPort) ngayon, pero it’s more of mind-set  ng  mga players. Sabi ko sa kanila, if we don’t play as a team, play  together in defense, back to old story (of us hardly winning). Naka-focus naman,” added  Cardel.    

The  highly-anticipated match will also pit Bolick, three-time NCAA champion with San Beda University and last year’s No. 2 pick overall by NorthPort, against Perez, a former NCAA MVP with Lyceum of the Philippines and the No. 1 pick overall by Columbian.

This will be the first time that Bolick and Perez will face off since their colorful NCAA rivalry that saw the Red Lions beat the Pirates twice in the finals.

Bolick had 26 points and missed just two shots in  his first PBA game but was limited to just 14 points on 4-of-10  shooting and committed seven turnovers in NorthPort’s  95-90 win over NLEX last Sunday.    

Perez also  didn’t fare  as  well in his second game.

After scoring 26 points in his pro debut,  the “Baby Beast” had 10 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two blocks but shot just 3-of-11 from the field in their 98-108 setback to Phoenix.

In the second game, San Miguel Beer tries to sustain its momentum when it takes on Meralco at 7 p.m.

After dropping   their opening game in  the season to Columbian, San Miguel bounced back strong to  beat  Barangay Ginebra, 99-91, behind Christian Standhardinger’s   26 points.

“Ang ganda ng idinepensa namin  against Ginebra. If  we  can continue to  play like  that, maganda ang  tsansa  namin ,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria.

Terrence Romeo, however, remains as  game-time decision with the  ankle sprain  sustained in his debut versus Ginebra.

Meralco also droppe d its season  opener 92-93 to  Phoenix, but recovered  to roll  back  Blackwater, 99-94.