Sol Mercado was on hand to witness his new team complete a fightback from 25 points down and pull off a 107-105 overtime win against the Denzel Bowles-led Rain or Shine despite being heavily undermanned.
NorthPort paraded only 8 players but it hardly mattered, though, as the Batang Pier picked up its 3rd straight win to keep instep with idle TNT for the top spot in the team standings with a 6-1 card.
Mercado praised the team’s fighting spirit via post on his Twitter account.
— Solomon Mercado (@M3rcMyWords) June 19, 2019
“These boys got some NSD spirit in them!!! I like it”, wrote the 35-year old Fil-Am.
The 5th overall pick of the 2008 PBA Rookie Draft admitted that he could’ve played in the game but opted not to since he is still emotionally-drained from the unexpected move.
“I wouldn’t mind playing but it will be kinda hard to come off these emotions, really emotional and come in and play the game. But it’s a business and I have to be professional and move on,” said the 11-year veteran.
Mercado, at the same time, bared that he is happy for Kevin Ferrer and Jervy Cruz as they would get more opportunities to shine with the Batang Pier.
“I’m really excited for Kevin and Jervy for their opportunity to play for their coach who they played for and have that confidence and show what they have ultimately.”