AFTER a six-month hiatus, Eloy Poligrates has rekindled his pursuit of a PBA comeback via his stint with Euro-Med in the PCBL.
The flamboyant Cebuano guard has dropped out of the basketball radar after a short run with Talk 'N Text and Kia in the pro league last year was followed by a stint with CafeFrance in the PBA D-League.
Poligrates admitted he he didn’t play in any leagues in Cebu during his six-month hibernation and only got back to playing after getting a call from Euro-Med management to suit up in the PCBL.
“Pagkatapos ko sa CafeFrance, pumunta ako probinsya. Mga anim na buwan din ako nabakante [hanggang] tinawagan ako nila coach kung puwede ako maglaro sa Euro-Med,” said Poligrates.
During the hiatus, Poligrates, one of the most entertaining players in the country, said he occasionally tried to get in shape but he readily admitted gaining a few pounds along the way.
But the 27th overall pick in the 2013 PBA draft insisted he is back in game shape, motivated to make a splash big enough to get noticed once again by PBA teams.
“Pagbalik ko dun, tumaba ako. Pero nagpakundisyon ako. Kaya nung nag-practice ako sa Euro-Med, kahit nabakante, kundisyon naman ako,” Poligrates said.
“Oo sana. Gusto ko nga," he said when asked about the chances of returning to the big league. "Kaya ako naglaro para makabalik sa PBA.”
Poligrates has been backing up his words so far with big games for Euro-Med, scoring 17 points built around three triples to help his new team win their first-ever game in the PCBL Chairman’s Cup after a 0-4 start to the season.
The Cebuano cager said his transition to Euro-Med is seamless since the Yong Garcia-coached squad runs the same system as CafeFrance, incidentally a sister team.
He also hopes to lead his new team to the championship despite the slow start - and hopefully everything else will follow.
“Hindi na ako nanibago play din namin sa CafeFrance ‘yung ginagamit kaya konting adjustment lang. Hindi ako nahirapan. Sinasabi ko lang sa team na dapat team effort at gawin ‘yung mga gustong gawin ni coach,” he said.