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    Mick Pennisi back with Barako after trade as Star exceeds Fil-foreign player limit

    Sep 19, 2015
    Veteran big man Mick Pennisi is back with Barako Bull. Jerome Ascano

    STAR has sent Mick Pennisi back to former team Barako Bull owing to a PBA rule on Filipino-foreigners.

    Already exceeding the league’s Fil-foreign-player limit of five players, the Hotshots were forced to trade the veteran big man in exchange for the Energy’s 2017 second-round pick.

    “We really liked Mick and would’ve loved for him to stay,” Star coach Jason Webb said in a text to Spin.ph on Saturday, referring to the lefty stretch slotman.

    Fil-Ams Joe Devance, Alex Mallari, and Rafi Reavis, Fil-Palestinian Yousef Taha, and Fil-Canadian rookie Norbert Torres make up the Hotshots’ five Fil-foreigners.

    The 40-year-old Pennisi reinforces an Energy frontline composed of Jake Pascual, Jondan Salvador, and Rico Maierhofer.

    "We needed a big man," Barako coach Koy Banal said.

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    Veteran big man Mick Pennisi is back with Barako Bull. Jerome Ascano
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