Struggling to make his way to the playoffs, Purefoods coach Tim Cone didn’t hesitate in giving up a project player like Isaac Holstein and veteran forward Ronnie Matias for the tried-and-tested slotman Mick Pennisi.
The 6-foot-9 Pennisi will join the Hotshots in time for their game against the player’s former team Barako Bull in one of the games scheduled on Tuesday’s triple header at the Cuneta Astrodome.
For Cone, having Pennisi is a welcome development for his team. “He’ll give us a different look to our offense with his ability to spread the floor,” said Cone. Pennisi is one among the few big men who can play from the perimeter. Defensively, the Fil-Italian also provides a physical presence for the Hotshots.
“He gives us a physical presence at the post defensively,” added Cone. “I really like his make up and veteran presence as well.”
Pennisi has been part of Barako Bull’s championship squads in the past and his winning pedigree suits Purefoods, the reigning four-peat champions in the PBA.