IT appears injured players Bobby Ray Parks and Garvo Lanete will miss more games for Hapee in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup than originally planned.
Coach Ronnie Magsanoc refused to give a timetable on when the two will rejoin the Fresh Fighters after sustaining their respective injuries during the championship series of the Aspirants Cup.
Parks didn’t see action for Hapee on Monday against Livermarin as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury.
The MVP of last conference actually played for the team in its loss to Jumbo Plastic Linoleum during its debut game, but something was obviously still bothering Parks as he finished with a solitary point.
Lanete, meanwhile, has not played at all this conference, as he is still recovering from a knee injury he also sustained during the Aspirants Cup finals against Cagayan Valley.
The injury has even kept him out of the Gilas cadet pool preparing for two major international tournaments in the coming months, although he may still be considered for the national team once he becomes healthy.
“I don’t know,” said Magsanoc, when asked when will Parks play. “Kaka-MRI lang niya kaya hindi ko pa masagot. Buti na lang wala siyang sling (sa shoulder).”
As for Lanete, the Hapee coach said: “Nasa rehab pa lang.”
Despite the uncertainty surrounding both Parks and Lanete, Hapee still looked formidable on Monday after it romped off to a 74-50 rout of Livermarin to even its record to 1-1.
Magsanoc, however, said the Aspirants Cup champions still have much work to do as the league approaches a brief Holy Week break.
For one, the Fresh Fighters are still working on team chemistry following the departure of Ola Adeogun, Baser Amer, and the rest of the San Beda players for this conference.
The Fresh Fighters are also trying to mesh newcomers Mark Romero, Arvie Bringas, Mark Lopez, and Leo Gabo with the rest of the team.
“We lost nine key players but ang reality is wala akong magagawa. You just have to be ready,” said Magsanoc. “Kailangang pagtagpi-tagpiin mo dahil hindi pa sila magkakakilala.
"The more times we play together, the better,” he added.