NorthPort now capable of competing against the best teams, says Pido Jarencio

NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio believes the arrival of Greg Slaughter from Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel via one-on-one trade for Christian Standhardinger placed the Batang Pier on even terms with the best teams in the PBA.

The deal, which was approved by the league’s trade committee last Friday, put an end to the 7-foot Slaughter’s 6-year stint with the Gin Kings and to Standhardinger’s 2-conference stay with the Mikee Romero-owned franchise.

Between the two centers, the 31-year old Standhardinger is about to bring better credentials to his new team having been chosen as the Best Player of the 2019 Governors’ Cup while Slaughter hasn’t played competitive basketball in more than a year.

Jarencio, however, feels that Slaughter’s style of play is more suited for the Batang Pier and that his addition will bring the team to a new level.

“In the last season, we were outrebounded so with Greg around, I’m certain that we have now an inside presence. He can intimidate,” said the former Purefoods and Ginebra player. “With Greg, I believe we can go up against the best teams because Greg can shoot from the perimeter and attack the basket.”

And while Standhardinger is undoubtedly the better scorer and rebounder, Jarencio pointed out that Slaughter’s height and heft is something that the team sorely lacks.

“Christian is not a bad player, but what we need now is one who can intimidate inside. Besides, [Slaughter] trained in the US for a while and played with some big guys so I believe he’s in top shape now,” explained Jarencio who added that former Ateneo slotman will be averaging 30 to 35 minutes of playing time per game.

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