GlobalPort features three of the most lethal scorers in the PBA in Gary David, Sol Mercado, and Willie Miller.
But when the game is on the line, who will take the last shot?
“Me,” said Batang Pier coach Junel Baculi in jest. Turning serious, he said that won’t be an issue in his system.
“Anyone can take the last shot, even Japeth Aguilar.”
Baculi said having many weapons in crunch time is a good problem to have.
“I’m a guy who loves to make a gamble. But it depends on the situation. You have a Sol, who can attack the basket, and you have Willie Miller and Gary David capable of shooting the ball. So it really depends on situation and opportunity,” said Baculi.
Mercado, who was acquired during the break, led the Philippine Cup in scoring and assists. He said he has no problem sharing the ball with his talented teammates.
“I’d love to give the game-winning assist,” said Mercado.
“It really doesn’t matter who will take the last shot as long as we win the game.”
David welcomes Mercado’s entry into the GlobalPort fold.
“At least, hindi na sa akin naka-focus yung attention ng mga bumabantay,” said David, the league’s reigning scoring champion.
“Mas nagkaroon ng additional threat and mas maganda para sa akin at sa team. Pero maski sino sa amin, puwedeng tumira ng last shot.”
Miller, a two-time Most Valuable Player, is psyched to have Mercado to create opportunities for the squad.
“Siya magaling mag-create. Ako bahala sa perimeter, si Gary naman sa three-points,” said Miller.
“Depende sa gagawin ni Sol. If he creates at nag-collapse yung defense, pwede niya ibigay maski kanino sa amin. Doon nakasalalay kung sino yung puwedeng tumira ng last shot.”
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