NorthPort guard Nico Elorde's injury added to the woes of the team after his injury Sunday. PBA Media Bureau.
ANTIPOLO-- Bad news for newly-named NorthPort.
The Batang Pier hit a snag after Nico Elorde and Jeric Teng sustained injuries in the team’s 123-107 loss to NLEX on Sunday at the Ynares Center.
Elorde hurt his back during a bad fall in the final minute of the third quarter, while Teng twisted his calf while attempting a shot on the seven-minute mark of the period.
NorthPort are already playing without star guard Stanley Pringle, who is in Indonesia playing for the Philippines in the Asian Games, and scrappy bigman Sean Anthony, out with a calf problem.
Batang Pier coach Pido Jarencio couldn’t hide his dismay on the situation, saying that the team already miss the services of Pringle and Anthony.
“Wala talaga e. Kahit anong gawin ko, unang una, namiss namin yung dalawa e si Stanley and Sean. For sure, baka mga September okay na yung dalawa. Mga September 1,” said Jarencio.
“Another thing that hurts is Elorde and Teng will be out, there are so many injured players in our team,” he added. “Yung kay Jeric, yung calf parang may pumitik. Si Elorde yung bagsak, ngayon di makatayo. Kala namin okay lang, pero ngayon di makatayo.”
Jarencio also took notice of his import Rashad Woods, who had a sterling PBA debut with 42 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists.
“Siyempre frustrated din yung tao. Nung dumating siya (Woods), andun si Sean and Stanley in practice., We played against Magnolia (in tune-up) naglaro si Stanley with Rashad kaya nakita niya na, positive siya maganda ang takbo,” Jarencio explained.
But Jarencio remains confident about their chances in the season-ending conference with the return of his prized guard.
“Alam mo naman yung dalawa, si Stanley nagpapagaling ng kasama e. Nadadala niya. Yung defense
nacocollapse sa kanya. For now, siyempre, wala e. Kailangan magstep up talaga yung players e.”
NorthPort will next face Phoenix Fuels, featuring new acquisition Calvin Abueva, on August 26, before meeting Magnolia on Sept. 1.