After winning Game One of its best-of-three quarterfinal series against Alaska, Barako Bull is still waiting on Rodney White, its former import who had to leave the team because of family matters.
“We’re still hopeful,” said Baculi shortly after his team ran roughshod over the Alaska Aces, 103-90, Sunday night.
“We’re not looking behind Wednesday’s Game Two of the quarterfinals, but if ever we make the semis, it would be good for us if we can get Rodney White back.”
White’s departure forced Barako Bull to tap Reggie Okosa, the team’s their third reinforcement this conference.
The Nigerian-American player saw just 11 minutes of action and ended the game scoreless, the first import to fail to score in a PBA game since Amal McCaskill of Magnolia in the 2008 Fiesta Conference.
“He has yet to get himself acclimatized to the team’s system. It’s tough for new imports, who have been here several days and play immediately in the PBA, particularly in the playoffs,” said Baculi of Okosa.
A former NBA lottery pick, Rodney White replaced DerMarr Johnson, who injured his knee during his stint with Barako. White led the team to a 3-2 win-loss record after the team went 1-3 with Johnson in tow. He was one of the league’s more impressive imports, tallying a triple-double in a comeback win over Meralco on March 17 and following it up with 41 points and 22 rebounds in a victory on March 21 against Petron Blaze.