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NorthPort needs Slaughter, says Jarencio

Delfin Dioquino

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NorthPort needs Slaughter, says Jarencio

NEW TEAM. Greg Slaughter joins NorthPort after 6 seasons with Barangay Ginebra.

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NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio highlights the need for a towering inside presence as the team trades Christian Standhardinger in exchange for Greg Slaughter

An intimidating big man in the middle.

That is the role Pido Jarencio sees Greg Slaughter will be playing for NorthPort after the team acquired him from Barangay Ginebra in a one-on-one trade for Christian Standhardinger.

Jarencio highlighted the need for a towering inside presence after NorthPort won only one game in the previous Philippine Cup last season.

“We need Greg. A seven-footer does not come along very often,” Jarencio told Rappler in Filipino, saying NorthPort initiated the trade.

“Christian is a good player, but the team has needs, especially after the bubble where we won only one game.”

Jarencio noted how NorthPort thrived with import Prince Ibeh – a defensive specialist – in the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup, where the team finished the elimination round as the No. 2 seed.

NorthPort eventually got the boot in that particular conference after falling prey to eventual champion San Miguel in the quarterfinals.

“Based on that scenario, if you think about it, it really makes a difference to have a 6’10, 6’11 guy inside,” Jarencio said.

Jarencio said Slaughter will play heavy minutes for NorthPort as he becomes a focal point both on offense and defense.

“Slaughter will be a big factor for us. Our game will revolve around him. Slaughter will play more minutes for sure – probably a minimum of 30 to 35 minutes,” Jarencio said.

“We will give him all the chance to maximize his potential.”

After a forgettable All-Filipino campaign, NorthPort is expected to contend again as it welcomes stars Robert Bolick and Sean Anthony back from their respective injuries.

NorthPort also looks forward to adding another impact player as it picks second in the loaded PBA Draft. – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.