IT seems the month of June has been very kind to NorthPort.
After losing to Barangay Ginebra last June 1 (73-70), the Batang Pier rebounded in style, beating the Gin Kings’ two other sister teams in contrasting fashion to stay in the company of leaders in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Batang Pier routed Philippine Cup titlist San Miguel Beer on June 5, 121-80, in a game that saw Robert Bolick, Jonathan Grey, Sean Anthony, import Prince Ibeh, Garvo Lanete, Nico Elorde, and Mo Tautuaa—did their share in scoring. .
The seven Batang Pier all scored in double figures in a remarkable marksmanship they showed against the reigning All-Filipino champions whom they also outrebounded, 64-44.
As if to prove their win against the Beermen was no fluke, the Batang Pier, starring the same seven gunners, outlasted Magnolia, 102-99, last June 12. They also finished in double figures in this win.
As a result, NorthPort has established itself as one of the tough contenders in the midseason conference, and coach Pido Jarencio is giving all the credit to his players, who, he said, have been playing hard.
“Iyung mga players nag-i-step up, nag-de-deliver,” said Jarencio after the Batang Pier’s win over the Hotshots.
“They’re doing their share. Hindi isa, dalawa, tatlong tao lang. Lahat tumutulong,” stressed Jarencio.
What was admirable about the Batang Pier is that they don’t depend much on their import. They also missed Stanley Pringle in their last two outings.
Now, the Batang Pier try to sustain their good run this month, taking on a dangerous Rain or Shine at 4:30 p.m., the first of two games set at the Mall of Asia Arena today.
Meralco looks to bounce from last Saturday’s 104-91 loss to TNT as it plays another sister team in NLEX in the 7 p.m. main tussle. The Bolts are toting a 3-4 win-loss slate while the Road Warriors are still winless after six games.