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NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio says Greg Slaughter fills team's needs

NorthPort Batang Pier head coach Pido Jarencio explained on Friday that it was hard to pass up an opportunity to land Greg Slaughter, whom the team acquired in exchange for Christian Standhardinger.

In an interview with News5's Lyn Olavario, the coach mentioned that the Batang Pier were weighing their options after making the Fil-German forward available for a trade.

He also added that prior to the trade, Standhardinger and team management could not come to an agreement with his contract.

"We don't want to lose an opportunity to get a seven-footer. It's hard to get a seven-foot player that knows how to play. Christian, he's a good player. He's not a bad player," said Jarencio in Filipino.

"However, Greg can fill our needs. He could change our inside presence, rebounding, intimidation inside, and we could go to him [for offense]," he added.

The former sharpshooter brought up an instance when import Prince Ibeh patrolled the paint for the Batang Pier in the 2019 Commissioner's Cup.

Ibeh, a 6'10 center, only averaged 13.7 points, but hauled in 15.9 rebounds, and swatted 4.0 shots a game. NorthPort ended up as the second seed after the eliminations, but were ousted by San Miguel in the quarterfinals.

Jarencio also shot down hecklers saying that the trade was uneven since Slaughter took a year-long break, in contrast to Standhardinger, whose display netted him gaudy statistics inside the bubble.

"Based on his Instagram, Greg was working on his conditioning. He went to the States for individual training. When he went back, he probably reflected that he could not be lackadaisical and work for himself. That's why he decided to go back, to improve himself," remarked Jarencio.

With the center now the focal point of the offense, Jarencio assures that he will play Slaughter for a "minimum of 30 to 35" minutes.

NorthPort heads to the upcoming 2021 Philippine Cup with a clean slate, as Robert Bolick and Sean Anthony have now recovered from their respective injuries.

While Jarencio is elated that the team is now injury-free, he is now looking at another concern that could affect the Batang Pier. Aside from the newly-acquired players, the team will select second in the upcoming PBA Rookie Draft, one of the deepest in years.

"My worry now is the camaraderie, the bonding. Because we also have many new players. They have to adjust again with the other players. Then you have like two or three weeks to train them. Even with other teams, it takes years to complete chemistry."