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    Fearsome threesome as Mercado excited to play alongside David and Miller

    Jan 31, 2013
    “I’m excited to join forces with these guys. I mean Gary (David) can hit big shots, while I look forward to learning from Willie Miller. He’s one of my favorite players in the PBA,” says new Globalport recruit Sol Mercado. Jerome A

    SOL Mercado has high hopes that his reunion with Globalport team owner Mikee Romero will signal a new chapter in his five-year PBA career where he is looking forward to helping the Batang Pier start a winning tradition in the pro league.

    “I think we have a good team. Though at first, we have to deal with chemistry. It doesn’t happen overnight. We’re not pressured to win right away, though it’s good pressure,” Mercado told Spin.ph.

    Mercado said he’s excited to join forces with Globalport’s veteran stars led by two-time Most Valuable Player Willie Miller and last season’s scoring leader Gary David as they form the pro league’s newest deadly triumvirate.

    “I’m excited to join forces with these guys. I mean Gary can hit big shots, while I look forward to learning from Willie Miller. He’s one of my favorite players in the PBA,” the 28-year-old Biola University standout added.

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    The 6’2” Mercado said he’s well aware of Batang Pier’s woeful performance during their first conference in the pro league, which saw the new PBA franchise get a grand total of one victory in 14 games.

    But with Globalport management making some bold moves the past two days that included swapping Rabeh Al-Hussaini to Talk ‘N Text for Japeth Aguilar, Mercado is confident that the Batang Pier will go places this season.

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    “It’s kind of a good pressure because boss Mikee wants to win. But I’m excited with this new opportunity to be able to play against under boss Mikee and his organization,” he added.

    Mercado recalled his days with Romero’s Harbour Center team in the Philippine Basketball League, which he, along with cat-quick guard Jason Castro, led to back-to-back championships, before deciding to turn pro in 2008.

    The fifth overall pick in the 2008 PBA draft said he went to Meralco’s practice on Wednesday to bid goodbye to his teammates and coaching staff, whom he has considered his family for the last two-and-a-half seasons.

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    “It was yesterday (Wednesday) that I went to practice. It was really a great honor playing with them. But I wasn’t able to talk personally with coach Ryan because I think he was in his office that time. But we exchanged text messages. It was kind of emotional,” shared Mercado, who averaged 19.1 points and 6.7 assists, both conference-best in the Philippine Cup.

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    “I’m excited to join forces with these guys. I mean Gary (David) can hit big shots, while I look forward to learning from Willie Miller. He’s one of my favorite players in the PBA,” says new Globalport recruit Sol Mercado. Jerome A
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