UNIVERSITY of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol is holding out hope that Kobe Paras will be ready to play for its game against Adamson on Sunday.
"I hope he can play on Sunday," said the mentor, with his sights quick to pivot on the Fighting Maroons' next game at Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Paras hurt his right shoulder as he tried to go for a dunk against Soulemane Chabi Yo in the second quarter of UP's losing effort against University of Santo Tomas, 84-78, in the UAAP Season 82 on Wednesday.
He suffered a bad landing and needed to be taken back to the dugout at the 5:43 mark of the frame.
But Perasol divulged that the second-generation star was already suffering pains on the same shoulder prior to this game.
The 6-foot-6 forward has skipped practices since Saturday's 78-75 win over University of the East.
"This is the first time that he played after our game in UE," he said. "He needed to rest and he wasn't able to lift his shoulder and ito lang yung nilaro niya. This game was the only practice that he had and he was able to run a little bit."
Paras did return in the third quarter and still led the Fighting Maroons with 18 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in the losing effort, leaving Perasol with nothing but praises for the first-year high-flyer.
"Ang ganda ng pinakita ni Kobe despite the fact na may injury yung shoulder niya," he said. "But again, we hope he can play against Adamson."