NORTHPORT coach Pido Jarencio on Tuesday got what he wished for after the team’s stunning 109-83 win over the TNT KaTropa in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Apart from receiving a bulk of congratulatory messages, Jarencio and the Batang Pier shared with gusto the ‘pansit’ given by a team that benefited much from their victory.
NorthPort's stunning win knocked both TNT and Barangay Ginebra out of the race for the No. 2 spot, gifting Rain or Shine the second seed and the twice-to-beat privilege in the quarterfinals that goes with it.
In a post-game interview, Jarencio told mediamen: “Eh kung nabigyan naman sila ng free ticket para maging number one or number two, kung sino man team ‘yun, magpadala na lang ng pagkain sa practice bukas. Ganun lang ‘yun.”
Having read Jarencio’s comments, Rain or Shine team owners Raymond Yu and Terry Que had Chinese noodles delivered to NorthPort’s practice on Tuesday at Greenmeadows gym in Quezon City.
Least it be construed as a “gift," Yu stressed it was just a gesture of friendship.
“Hope it will not be interpreted in a different way. We have read what coach Pido wants so we obliged,” said Yu. “Sabi kasi pagkain so naisip ko pansit.”
NorthPort board governor and AirAsia executive Erick Arejola thanked the generosity of ROS owners, although he maintained Jarencio’s comments were said in jest.