Northport zooms to the top of the stand with a piece of paper

Pido Garencio (left) advises Jamie Malonjo.

Pido Garencio (left) advises Jamie Malonjo. -PBA picture

Northport has been showcasing its best form for years, a form that comes not from a new technological thing on the floor but from something obscure that Batang Pier itself is committed to.

“We learned so much chemistry that it was a joy for each of us to come to practice and games,” coach Pido Jarensio told Internaissa over the phone. .

“I am very pleased with the way the players are performing,” said Garencio. “And that’s something they’re committed to doing themselves.”

‘Sharing the ball’

Arvind Santos is the catalyst for Northport's early success this season.  - Photo taken from PBA IMAGES

Arvind Santos is the catalyst for Northport’s early success this season. – Photo taken from PBA IMAGES

Jarencio credits veteran Arvind Santos, Robert Bolik and Kevin Ferrer. At a crucial moment during a team-building practice, Santos asked everyone to write down what each player’s commitment to the team would be.

“Many of them said there should be no arrogance in the team and they should always share the ball,” Jarensio said. “It’s great, because no one here feels like a superstar and everyone is giving their all – in practice and in games.”

Jarencio said the clash with the Hotshots at 3pm on Wednesday would be a real test, especially since Magnolia had lost its first two games and would parade Paul Leakey for the first time this season.

“This is a strong team,” Jarencio said, adding that even Magnolia opponent Chito Victolero had said that a calf injury could lead to a decision during Mark Baroca’s game.

“We’ll see how he (Baroka) feels [before the game]Said Victoloro.

Meanwhile, another title favorite like Magnolia, Barange Ginbera, is shooting for his second consecutive win at 7pm in his clash with Rain or Shine.

Cramming for form

Coach Tim Shanku is trying to bring his Jean Kings into the game, and an acid test against the Elasto Painters could come in handy — win or lose — as Genebra tries to get his edge back.

The Kings are coming off a shaky 85-82 win against Blackwater last Sunday, a win they pulled out of the fire in seconds as Cone saw his charge half and puff watch virtually all of the game.

“When you’re not in shape, you can’t do much to win,” Shanku said Sunday. “You can’t maintain your strength, your defenses. You are slowly returning to crime. You never get out of the box when you’re tired.

“We need to find a way out in these two weeks to get it back to tip-top shape. We are not there yet বা or anywhere near, ”he said. INQ


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