Ronald Pascual, the third overall pick in 2014, is on a comeback bid in his floundering PBA career.
Since being traded to Blackwater last season by GlobalPort, the 6-3 former San Sebastain star only managed to play 1 game and has since “disappeared”. He was eventually released by Blackwater before the opening of the 42nd season.
On Saturday, FOX Sports spotted Pascual cheering beside Alaska’s injured forward Vic Manuel as the Aces played Gilas in a tuneup game at the Gatorade Hoops Center.
The 29-year old gunner admitted he’s trying to make a return trip to the pros the league since mysteriously disappearing in the basketball scene for almost six months.
And Alaska opened its arms to the sweet-shooting wingman after dealing with some personal problems back home at Mexico, Pampanga.
“Tinawagan ko si (Alaska assistant) coach Topex (Robinson), tinanong ako kung pwede akong bumalik tapos kinausap ko si coach Alex (Compton) and sina boss (Dickie Bachman),” shared Pascual, who is keeping his fingers crossed at the moment, hoping he could finally experience a breakthrough in his PBA career after bouncing from San Miguel, Star, GlobalPort and Blackwater.
But Pascual made it clear he’s yet to earn a spot in Alaska’s roster since he started joining the Aces.
“Wala pa eh, hintay hintay na lang ako,” added the 29-year-old wingman.
Still, Pascual said he’s eager to prove to his doubters that he deserves a second look while leaving behind his trouble past.
“Masaya, matagal ako nawala sa sirkulasyon,” said Pascual, who as a PBA rookie, won 2 championships with the Beermen.
Interestingly at Alaska, an old friend in Calvin Abueva is willing to guide him to his road to redemption.
“Oo nga eh, masaya naman,” Pascual said of his former San Sebastian teammate. “Mas matagal kasama si Calvin eh, mas close kami eh. Di ako masyadong nahihirapan mag-adjust, siyempre bago lang ako, inaalalayan niya ako.”
Pascual and Abueva, along with current Star big man Ian Sangalang, used to serve as San Sebastian’s fearsome “Pinatubo Trio” in the NCAA.
Pascual, though, admitted it was difficult going back to shape after a long time, let alone learning the disciplined Alaska system, but he understands the rough process back to greatness.
“Nung una mahirap pero okay na, siguro mga nasa 80 percent na yung alam ko,” he said. “Sobrang pinapangalagaan ko ‘to, hindi ko hahayaang pumalpak, kaya focus ako.”
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