AMA Online Education new boy Andre Paras showed little rust, even trying a posterizing slam on Cignal's big men in his first competitive game after a two-year layoff in his PBA D-League Foundation Cup debut on Tuesday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Although still groping for form, the son of PBA legend Benjie still gave a good account of himself, coming up with five points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and five blocks in a losing effort against the Hawkeyes, 86-76.
"It's actually for me a great experience kasi it's been a long time since I played a competitive game," said Paras, who last played for San Beda in a preseason tournament in 2015.
"Honestly I'm really surprised because I just really wanted to help my team on defense ‘cause I believe defense wins games. The game just came to me."
But will his basketball comeback be in conflict with his showbiz career?
The player-turned-actor doesn't see any problem juggling the two jobs, saying his mother network is very supportive of his foray into semi-professional basketball.
"As of now, I'm not doing anything big with work. Lenient at supportive din naman yung network with me. For me rin kasi, I do love doing both," he said.
"There's no confict," Paras added.
"I don't miss practice and anything with work. Flexible naman.
"I won't be in this situation if I know magsa-suffer yung team kasi parati akong absent.
"Everyone respects each other at pagdating sa basketball, we treat each other as players, walang favoritism. Walang star."
Now that he's back to competitive basketball, Paras admitted he is still hoping to make his PBA dream come true.
But the 6-foot-4 cager was quick to add that his focus right now is just to help turn things around for the Titans, who are winless in their first two games.
"As of now I really wanna help the team win. I would love to go in the PBA. No one's here naman to just play around," he said.