NORTHPORT coach Pido Jarencio thanked Rain or Shine management for sending pancit to their practice as a token of gratitude after the Elastopainters got a free ticket to the No. 2 seed in the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.
Rain or Shine officials had pancit delivered to NorthPort’s practice on Tuesday after Batang Pier's win over TNT on Sunday gifted the Elastopainters with the second twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
The gesture stemmed from Jarencio’s postgame interview that the team which benefited from the win the most should send food to their practice.
On Wednesday, Jarencio thanked Rain or Shine for the gesture but was once again in a joking mood during the postgame interview.
“Nagpapasalamat kami kay sir Raymond (Yu, one of the Rain or Shine owners), nagpadala nga ng pancit. Kinakantsawan lang natin eh, nagpadala naman.
“Dapat linagay na lang ng lumpiang shanghai at fried rice. Para kumpleto na,” said Jarencio, drawing laughs from reporters. “Kaya lang, pancit at kalamansi lang pinadala.”
“Terno ‘yun eh, fried rice, pancit, lumpiang shangai. Bahala na si sir Raymond. ‘Yung isang pumasok din, konsensya na lang sa kanila,” said Jarencio.
Turning serious, Jarencio said the pressure on the Batang Pier has been eased after their win over TNT last Sunday that snapped a six-game losing streak.
“Nag-eenjoy nalang ‘yung mga players. Nawala ‘yung pressure kasi ready to play na lahat at gusto umabot sa quarters. From there, bahala na kung twice-to-beat kalaban. Kahit sino,” said Jarencio.
Interestingly, NorthPort still has a chance to make it to seventh spot in the quarterfinals, and a date with Rain or Shine in the playoffs.
And Jarencio’s response about that possibility?
“Pag Rain or Shine kalaban namin, baka ako naman magpadala ng pancit sa kanila,” said Jarencio.