Star’s missing wingman Ronald Pascual is on his way back and is expected to play by next week as the Hotshots eye redemption in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Rene Pardo, the Hotshots’ board governor, admitted the former San Sebastian Stag shooter has been missing in action for over a month since the team’s Christmas Day game against sister team Barangay Ginebra at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“Ronald got confined dahil sa high fever na pabalik-balik. He was missing in action for a while though nung Christmas, nag-medical excuse siya. Medyo naging matagal lang pagkawala niya kaya sinabihan ko nga na dapat nag-pasabi man lang siya,” Pardo told FOX Sports on Monday during the team’s practice.
Pardo added that in the weeks Pascual failed to communicate, the Pampanga native lost his 2 mobile phones after being stolen from his car.
The amiable Star team executive said the team will just deal with the 6-foot-3 wingman internally. He also mentioned that with Pascual already back, the Hotshots choose to move forward from here.
“Bumalik na sa gym si Ronald. Nagpapa-kundisyon na uli siya, but he won’t be able to play this week kasi wala pa nga sa kundisyon. Eh baka ma-injured lang kung palaruin namin,” stressed Pardo.
Star, bannered by comebacking import Denzel Bowles, kicks off its Commissioner’s Cup campaign this Wednesday when it faces Meralco, before clashing with Rain or Shine on Saturday.
Pascual, the 3rd overall pick in the 2014 PBA Draft by San Miguel Beer, has seen limited minutes during coach Jason Webb’s first conference as coach.
The 27-year-old small forward averaged a measly 2.1 points and 1.1 rebound as he was buried deep in the Hotshots’ talent-laden roster in the Philippine Cup. — By Richard Dy