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    Jarencio on promising NorthPort: ‘We set standard na maka-compete’

    Jul 29, 2021
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    PIDO Jarencio feels good about his NorthPort team especially once the Batang Pier finally plays in full force.

    The outspoken mentor sees the team capable of going toe-to-toe with the PBA’s top contenders especially once it gets to play according to its potential.

    “For us, we set the standard na maka-compete sa kanila (contenders),” said Jarencio. “I’m really positive sa team na ito.”

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    His optimism comes after seeing how the Batang Pier engaged the San Miguel Beermen in a dogfight during their last game, rallying from as many as a 16-point deficit to give themselves a shot at winning it all in the endgame.

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    NorthPort lost, 88-86, on a game-winner by veteran Arwind Santos.

    But this is one rare loss which Jarencio is proud of.

    “San Miguel is a strong team talaga. They are a contender,” he said of the five-time Philippine Cup champion.

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      He has complete belief in his team full of promise.

      “Bata itong team ko. This is a young team. Hindi pa nga kami regular na magkakasama especially yan si Greg (Slaughter) kakabalik lang and si Sean (Anthony), he’s still injured,” said Jarencio.

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      “Kami for sure, we’re gonna give everybody a good fight.”

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