Trade to NorthPort a homecoming for Sol Mercado

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Mercado first played Philippine basketball with the franchise when it was still in the defunct Philippine Basketball League carrying Harbor Center name from 2007 to 2008.And after the trade the Gin Kings shipped him to the Batang Pier on Tuesday, Mercado couldn’t help but feel some sort of homecoming.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I’ve been in this organization before, this was actually the first organization I was with when I first went to the Philippines,” said Mercado after the Batang Pier outlasted Rain or Shine, 107-105, in overtime in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The 35-year-old guard was traded by Ginebra along with Kevin Ferrer and Jervy Cruz in exchange for Stanley Pringle. Mercado’s return to the franchise also marks the third time that he will be a Batang Pier in the PBA after playing for the club in two different occasions in 2013 to 2014 as part of the “MMDA” group with Willie Miller, Gary David, and Japeth Aguilar.“It’s kind of nice, it’s a welcome back kind of thing, and those guys are very welcoming,” said Mercado who played for the Gin Kings from 2015 to 2019.Mercado immediately showed his all-out support for his new team and so far, he’s liking what he’s seen.The Batang Pier were down by as much as 25 points, 84-59, in the third quarter only to come roaring back to force OT.Moala Tautuaa, who had a career-high 34 points, finished things off for NorthPort with a dagger three for the 107-102 lead with 26.4 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Sol Mercado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Sol Mercado has played for six different PBA teams, most notably with Barangay Ginebra where he won three championships, since joining the league in 2008.But there was one franchise Mercado treated as his first home in Philippine basketball and that’s NorthPort.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “Down 20, they never gave up and obviously that comes from the head coach,” said Mercado, referring to Pido Jarencio, who was once a player for Ginebra 1992 to 1998 and playd with the legendary Robert Jaworksi.“He came from that never-say-die culture, and they (players) kind of followed his lead and it was amazing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Stanley Pringle trade tough pill to swallow for NorthPort rookie Robert Bolick Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more