The veteran point guard was on the roster when Carolina finished second in the 2008 tournament.
Carolina. Filiberto Rivera his goal was to return to the ranks of the Carolina Giants before finishing his career at National Superior Basketball (BSN).
The 40-year-old veteran quarterback was on the roster when the Giants finished second in the 2008 tournament and last sweated in a team jersey in 2009. After that he played for Athletics, Casiques, Vaqueros, Indios, Karidouros, Santeros and Crabmen.
Now, 13 years later, Rivera is home again.
“I am happy and glad for this opportunity. Thanks to Carlos Gonzalez (director) and Hector Horta (proxy) for bringing me home. it was many years“, he shared. “It was an important decision because to see Ms. Olga’s son coming home is wonderful.”
Rivera knows what it’s like to win a championship at BSN. He was a member of the Santeros when they celebrated this holiday in 2019. While the alternative of signing with a franchise in a better position to challenge for the upcoming tournament title was viable, playing with the Giants was his first option.
“Carolina is my home. I knew this group was interesting. I went back to 2008 when I missed the game and this group thinks we can change that“, he noted.
In the last BSN tournament, the Gigantes finished the regular season with a 14-18 record and qualified for the postseason, where they faced the Capitanes de Arecibo in a quarterfinal series. Carolina was eliminated in five games.
Rivera is one of the new pieces that Gonzalez will have at his disposal.
“Expectations are always high in the teams I’ve been in. I won’t talk about championships, but we will be a competitive team in every sense of the word“, he said.
The Giants will again have Sheldon Mack, who led the team in scoring average during the last BSN tournament at 24.4 per game. However, Tremont Waters, George Conditt IV and Shabazz Napier are seeing action in France, Greece and Italy, respectively, so they won’t be with the Giants from the start.
“We know what kind of group we have. Quite interesting and good. We’re doing really well, we know it’s a long season, health will come first, but when we finish I think we’ll be a tough team to beatRivera warned.
Author: Carlos Gonzalez