Former La Salle gunner Jonas Mariano in critical condition after suffering stroke, hospital bills piling up
Olympian and former PBA coach Jimmy Mariano says his son, former Ginebra draft pick Jonas, has long given up basketball. Jerome Ascano

FORMER La Salle guard Jonas Mariano is in critical condition at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Global City, Taguig City after suffering a stroke last week.

Mariano's father, former Olympian Jimmy, confirmed the news to

"Monday last week pa sya na-stroke. Eh di pa rin namin s'ya nakakausap after niya ma-stroke," the elder Mariano said in a worried tone.

"Dinala na namin siya St. Luke's dito sa Global City kasi ito na ang pinakamalapit. Eh kasi kung sa iba pang ospital, baka di na siya umabot," said the elder Mariano.

Jonas, a former national youth player, is believed to be the first second-generation player to be picked in the PBA rookie draft. He was taken 17th overall by Tondena (Ginebra) in the 1994 draft after his career with the Green Archers.

He never got to play in the PBA. A year later, Robert Jaworski's son, Dodot, became the first second-generation player to play in Asia's first professional cage league.

Mariano said his son has long been away from basketball, settling for a career in the call center industry.

"Nasa banyo siya nun nung ma-stroke siya. Eh puyat pa siya 'nun, galing kasi sa trabaho." he said.

The former Great Taste coach admits the hospital bills of his son are piling up and the family's resources are drained.

The younger Mariano is a member of the La Salle team that won back-to-back UAAP men's basketball championships in 1989 and 1990. Among his former teammates at La Salle were Jun Limpot, John Cardel, Noli Locsin, Dickie Bachmann and Dwight Lago.

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