NorthPort guard Sol Mercado is expecting a strong comeback from former team Brgy. Ginebra in Game 2 of their best-of-five semifinal series in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup which is set on Monday, December 15 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 35-year old Mercado, who spent four seasons with the league’s most popular ballclub before being dealt to the Batang Pier along with Kevin Ferrer and Jervy Cruz for Stanley Pringle, accounted for 14 points and 5 boards in his team’s 34-point romp over the Gin Kings in the semis opener.
The 11-year PBA veteran, however, expects a totally different Brgy. Ginebra team to show up for the crucial second game.
“I think it was a combination of them being rusty and us playing well tonight. We played great on the defensive end which ignited our offense,” said Mercado on their lopsided Game 1 win.
“It’s going to be a totally different team on Monday for sure. I already know. I’ve been on that side. We’ve had games like this before where we got blown out and the next game, we were the one who did the blow out. We have to try and keep our hunger and mindset on the defensive end,” he added.
Still, Mercado believes that the Batang Pier has a good chance of repeating over the Gin Kings and move one win away from the franchise’s first ever Finals appearance.
“Those guys are resilient. They work hard, they play hard, we have a bunch of guys that just go balls to the wall. It works. It works for us. If we could just continue to play together and play defense together, we will be alright,” said the 3-time PBA champion.