Phoenix beefs up its backcourt with Sol Mercado | Inquirer Sports

Phoenix beefs up its backcourt with Sol Mercado

/ 02:15 PM January 20, 2020

Sol Mercado

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MANILA, Philippines — Phoenix is adding another tested veteran to its fold for its all-Filipino campaign in the upcoming PBA season.

The Fuel Masters acquired three-time champion, Solomon Mercado from NorthPort, for LA Revilla and Rey Guevarra in a trade approved by the PBA on Monday afternoon.


Mercado is set to bring plenty of playoff and finals experience to a relatively young Phoenix side.


The defensive playmaker was an essential cog in the Gin Kings’ three title runs from 2016 through 2018.

Mercado then, embraced a much more senior role over at NorthPort, which recently dealt a stunning upset of top-seeded NLEX in the recently-concluded Governors’ Cup.

Revilla and Guevarra, meanwhile, join a Batang Pier crew longing for a proper reset following the absence of their top rookie Robert Bolick to an injury and the mid-conference arrival of star forward Christian Standhardinger, who was named Best Player of the Conference in the Governors’ Cup.

The 35-year-old Mercado is the second guard acquired by Phoenix in just a span of four days. The Fuel Masters on Thursday got the services of Brian Heruela from Blackwater in exchange for Ron Dennison.

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TAGS: LA Revilla, Northport Batang Pier, PBA, Phoenix Fuel Masters, Rey Guevarra, Sol Mercado, Trade

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