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    Lob affair with Japeth as Mercado excited to link up on alley-oop plays

    Feb 5, 2013

    SOL Mercado expects Globalport to play a more up-tempo game with a lot of above-the-rim activities, now that Japeth Aguilar has arrived to play alongside import Justin Williams inside the paint.

    "I'm looking forward to running the break on the open court and then throw the ball to one of these two guys," said Globalport's newly acquired guard, looking forward to setting up those alley-oop plays for Williams and Aguilar.

    Mercado, who came in by way of a multi-player trade from Meralco, said the 6-9 Aguilar is a raw talent who can turn into a dominant presence in no time with proper exposure.

    "He's a raw talent. He's got size and he's got the length though he hasn't played much. But I think he's gonna get better as he plays more and he'll gain more experience," he said.

    "He'll dominate the league as he gets to play more games and gain more experience. He's gonna dunk and he's got a good mid-range jumper," Mercado added.

    Williams, Globalport's 6-9 reinforcement, hopes his partnership with Aguilar can turn Globalport into a the PBA's version 'Lob City.'

    "I think I can say we're more like Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan because I feel we can complement each other," Williams told

    On the other hand, Globalport veteran Gary David hopes their upgraded roster can translate into wins as the Batang Pier look to redeem themselves from a 1-13 record in the Philippine Cup.

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    "Sana makapag-work kami ng maayos. Syempre, excited kaming lahat dahil magiging malaki ang role ni Japeth sa team," said David.

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