Kevin Ferrer played his first game for the NorthPort Batang Pier last Saturday and while the thought of playing for another team other than Brgy. Ginebra initially didn’t sit well with the UST graduate, reuniting with college coach Pido Jarencio somehow eased the pain of moving.
Ferrer drilled in 5 triples en route to scoring a team-high 23 points, 19 in pivotal 4th, to lead his new team to a 127-99 route of the import-less Blackwater Elite and reclaim the top spot in the team standings from idle TNT with a 7-1 card.
“Dito nagulat ako, thirty-two minutes ako,” said Ferrer after the match. “Iba-iba kasi yung technique o pagco-coach nila, so hindi ko alam kung paano ikumpara talaga. First training pa lang, kinausap na ako ni coach Pido na dito raw, running game kami and laruin ko lang yung laro ko. Kung open, tira mo, wala namang magagalit eh. Basta libre, tira.”
His reunion with Jarencio brought back memories of their UST days and the former member of the Gilas Cadets is more than willing to give it all for his mentor.
“Masarap kasi na-miss ko yung pagiging player ni coach Pido. Nung college, parang tatay ko na yan. Alam kong hindi ako iiwan sa ere niyan basta-basta kaya bigay hundred percent ako para sa kanya.”
And with 2 PBA titles already tucked under his belt, Ferrer is hoping his championship experience will come in handy for the benefit of the Batang Pier.
“Gagawin namin yung best namin. Kung ano yung mga experience namin na nakuha sa Ginebra, like yung championship experience, dadalhin namin nila Sol (Mercado) at Jervy (Cruz) dito sa NorthPort.”