first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ NCAA Football: San Beda keeps sweep bid alive Jake Pascual is hoping his emotions won’t get the best of him when Alaska faces his old team Star on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments “I hope there are no [distractions], but sometimes you can’t stop it especially if you’re against the teammates you had before. I hope it doesn’t get the better of us and we stay with the gameplan,” said Pascual.Pascual was traded to Alaska in a one-on-one swap in exchange of Rome dela Rosa last December 9. Since then, the Hotshots went 2-1 to improve to an even 3-3 standing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnBut the hardworking forward isn’t too surprised at all with the way Star has been playing.“Even when I was there, we were talking about how strong the team is. We can see it with the way we practice, it’s just that we fell short in our first three games. But you can see the improvements, that our game was going up compared to last conference.” Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Pascual isn’t bothered that Hotshots have been performing better after his trade, but rather is elated for his former comrades that they are slowly regaining the old winning ways of the Hotshots.“When I was traded, that was when their game came out. They’re now very dangerous. I’m happy for my former teammates because they’re finally showing the game they had in the offseason.”For his part, Pascual has also made a good account of himself with the Aces, averaging 3.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in his three games for his new team, and more importantly, providing muscle down low with the team still missing big men Sonny Thoss and Noy Baclao.Though he doesn’t have an axe to grind against Star, Pascual said that he’s really looking forward to the duel, especially with Alaska and Star both jostling for playoff positioning midway in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.“I’m excited for tomorrow’s game. It’s a big game because we’re both 3-3, so who wins will rise and whoever will lose will stay at the bottom. For me, it’s not about facing my former team, as long as I’m playing my game and I’ll play well. We prepared hard for this.”ADVERTISEMENT However, don’t think there isn’t anything at stake in this game, with Pascual sharing that he’s looking forward in getting that free Starbucks drink from his teammates Ian Sangalang and Allein Maliksi.“I still talk to them; [we were teasing each other about] who’s going to treat us to Starbucks. We’re still messaging. The bonding is still there even if I changed teams.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more