GETTING traded already requires a lot of adjustment. What more if you’re shipped twice in less than a week?
Yet to settle with Barako Bull, Ronald Pascual admitted he was left a bit dizzy after getting traded for the second time in just five days, ending up at Star following another flurry of trades last Monday.
But the promising gunner said he has started to settle down with the Hotshots after taking part in the team’s tune-up game against Alaska on Wednesday.
“Medyo nagulo ako, pero nung tinawagan ako ni boss Alvin, medyo napanatag na ako,” Pascual said in a chat with Spin.ph, referring to Star team manager Alvin Patrimonio.
It also helps that he is reunited with former San Sebastian teammate Ian Sangalang where they formed two-thirds of the vaunted Pinatubo Trio, along with Calvin Abueva.
“Masaya ako kasi nagkasama kami ulit,” Pascual, a Mexico, Pampanga native, said. “Syempre pag na-trade ka, pag pasok mo sa bagong team medyo mahihiya ka, pero dito, hindi masyado kasi nandito si Ian. Siya yung laging ka-kuwentuhan ko.”
After the Beermen made him the surprise third overall pick in last year’s draft, Pascual failed to live up to expectations as he hardly saw exposure in his rookie year.
The 27-year-old cager finds himself trying to prove himself all over again in a similar squad rich with winning tradition.
“Kailangan ko muna i-prove sa kanila na kaya ko makatulong sa team,” Pascual said. “Excited ako makatulong kasi grand slam team.”
“Nag-usap kami ni coach Jason (Webb) at sabi niya magtrabaho lang ako at mag-pa-pay off na lang 'yun,” he added.