RONALD Pascual sightings are quite rare in the PBA these days, but the former San Sebastian star showed he can deliver when given the chance.
Given the chance late in a blowout game, Pascual flashed the form that made him a No. 3 draft pick as he finished eight points, spiked by two triples in just 10 minutes of action in Alaska's 134-103 win over Columbian Dyip on Friday night.
Pascual, 29, has endured a journeyman career and struggled to keep up with former ‘Pinatubo Trio’ teammates Calvin Abueva and Ian Sangalang before being reunited with Abueva at Alaska last year.
That doesn’t mean he’s discouraged though.
“Thankful ako sa binigay na opportunity sa akin. Lagi kaming nage-extra sa practice, before and after may extra talaga kami,” said Pascual. “Sinabihan lang ako ni coach (Alex) na work hard lang sa practice tapos darating ang opportunity. Kahit kaunting minutes lang, okay pa rin.”
Alex Compton was the least surprised to see Pascual’s brief scoring explosion, calling the former Stags top gun a ‘special shooter.’
“I think if Ronald doesn’t play basketball in 10 years, you can check him into the game and he can make shots. We’ve been working with Ronald, just getting him in shape. Really understanding our system, our defensive system,” said Compton.
“He’s a special shooter. We really enjoy having him on the team. His potential is big time. I wasn’t surprised a bit. He’s been coming early to practices,” he added.
Pascual doesn’t expect to suddenly see a surge in minutes after this game, but he’s happy to make the most of the little opportunities to show that he can still be a valuable asset to the team.
“Malaking bagay para sa akin. First game ko ito so ayun. 'Yung unang tira ko pumasok, parang bumabalik yung dating ako, nagkakakumpyansa ulit,” said Pascual.
“Work hard lang. Mag-aantay lang ng opportunities.”