MICK Pennisi fit in nicely into the Purefoods system that he was sent to play 21 minutes right in his first game.
New frontcourt mate Marc Pingris is definitely pleased.
Hotshots star Pingris noted the veteran big man didn’t look or feel like a stranger to the system, even though the trade was made just days before and approved only on the eve of the match.
“Natutuwa nga si coach sa kanya dahil importante kay coach ’yung nag-uusap sa depensa. Hindi nawawala ’yung focus ni Mick kanina,” said Pingris on Tuesday
Pennisi played quality minutes for Purefoods in the match against his former team Barako Bull, contributing three points, four rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in the 99-83 win.
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Pingris also noted how Pennisi handled the trade, joining the Hotshots like a pro should, which was much different from his situation years before when he was shipped out of San Miguel.
“Na-trade na rin ako before. Noon, parang kakabahan ako dahil bagong sistema. Pero siya pa ’yung kumakausap sa amin na parang matagal na siya sa team,” said Pingris.
With the victory, the Hotshots secured the seventh seeding in the playoffs but needs two victories over Ginebra or Meralco to keep their bid for a fifth successive league championship alive.