JUST like June Mar Fajardo, NorthPort's injury-hit young guns Robert Bolick and Jonathan Gray are fast catching up without missing games in the pandemic-interrupted PBA Season 45.
And if the season could resume late in the year, it would be perfect for Bolick (smarting from an ACL surgery) and Gray (patella) who are expected to be back in shape by August.
"I think they're still in rehab process and will soon condition themselves to get back in game shape," said Erick Arejola, the NorthPort Batang Pier's representative to the PBA board of governors.
Bolick's and Gray's return will make NorthPort a complete team that can well compete with any team in the league.
NorthPort's trade acquisition of Christian Standhardinger late last season and the team's reacquisition of Kelly Nabong beefed up the Batang Pier's frontline, and the team stacked up even more with key rookie recruits Sean Manganti and Renzo Subido.
Then there are Sean Anthony, Jervy Cruz, Nico Elorde, Kevin Ferrer, Jerramy King, Garvo Lanete and Paolo Taha in the NorthPort team of coach Pido Jarencio coming off a solid semis finish in the last Governors' Cup.
A tremendous boost for the NorthPort squad was bumping off top seed NLEX in their quarter-finals matchup.
It doesn't mean, though, that they're automatically eyeing the moon in the next PBA wars.
"Dapat laban lang, we don't back down from anyone," said Jarencio. "I keep reminding the guys let's play as one unit, absorb and embrace the system. Our first goal is to make the playoffs then let's see."
Amidst all the restrictions during the quarantine period, conditioning coach Reil Espino runs team exercises via online. (SB)