CEBUANA Lhuillier has managed to bounce back after losing its opening game in the PBA Developmental League, but coach Boycie Zamar knows he needs all the firepower he can get and is hoping injured UE star Roi Sumang would be able to see action soon.
Sumang is still out two months since hurting his knee during the Red Warriors’ campaign in the UAAP Season 76.
“He is still recuperating. Two months na. He has to recover soon,” Zamar said.
He was in uniform but was not fielded on Tuesday when the Gems won over Derulo Accelero, 88-60.
UE has a school tie-up with the Gems in this year’s Aspirants Cup.
Although the high-scoring guard didn’t suffer a ligament tear, UE and Cebuana Lhuillier coach Boycie Zamar said Sumang is still not available for the Gems due to the same injury.
Sumang, who was named to the Mythical Five award in the UAAP, landed awkwardly during UE’s match against Ateneo last September and had to be stretchered off after the game.
Zamar says the D-League experience will also be for his own good.
“Alam mo naman ang basketball, kapag naka-bakante ka, maiiwan ka. Sabi ko nga sa kanya, sayang ’yung experience kasi iba ’yung mentally tough dito,” said Zamar.