Mercado, Ferrer, Taha set aside friendship as NorthPort battles Brgy. Ginebra in semis

Friendships will take a backseat during the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series between Brgy. Ginebra and NorthPort – currently the home of several former Gin Kings.

Foremost of which is Kevin Ferrer – Brgy. Ginebra’s pick in the 2016 special draft composed of Gilas cadet players.

“Walang kaibigan. Basketball yan. Sa labas ng court na lang,” said the 26-year old Ferrer ahead of their final four clash.

“Ginebra is Ginebra. Kami, kulang-kulang kami tapos yung iba, late pa dumating. Yung jelling namin, panibago naman. Pero happy kami na lahat kami nag-tulong tulong sa quarters para umabot dito,” he added.

The Batang Pier earned a ticket into the semifinal round by virtue of a stunning upset of the top-seeded NLEX Road Warriors last Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Sol Mercado, who spent four years playing the point for Brgy. Ginebra, vowed to give it all against his former team.

“I don’t know what our chances are. But I know that we’re gonna play hard every single game. I believe in these guys, they’ll play all out. Obviously, Ginebra is a different beast. We’re gonna try and have to not just match their talent, but to match the way that they move the ball, the way that they defend,” said the 35-year old Fil-Am.

“We can’t just go out there and try to do it one-on-one. We’re gonna have to play team basketball because that’s what they’re gonna be,” he added.

Paolo Taha, for his part, is ecstatic at the thought of battling his former teammates.

“Ganoon naman ang mindset. Dito sa PBA, pag-apak mo sa court, wala nang kaibigan. Excited na kami na makalaban sila. Thankful kami na nakapasok kami ng semis.”

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