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Mac Cardona makes emotional PBA return

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) More than a year after Mac Cardona attempted to take his own life, a development that sent shockwaves throughout the entire basketball community, "Captain Hook" is back in the PBA.

Cardona returned to the hardcourt as a member of the GlobalPort Batang Pier, playing for his former college coach Franz Pumaren and alongside former De La Salle University teammates Mike Cortez and Ryan Araña.

Mac Cardona scored 4 points in his PBA comeback. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports
He was received warmly by the fans at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday evening, and Cardona responded by putting up a respectable line of four points and two rebounds in eight minutes of action. The Batang Pier lost, 99-109, to NLEX, but for Cardona, the evening was a success.

"Sobrang happy ko nakapaglaro ulit ako ng basketball," said Cardona, who played a couple of games with Zark's in the PBA D-League before finding his way back to the big league.

"Hindi ko in-expect na makakabalik ako sa PBA, since 'yung nangyari sa akin last year," he admitted.

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/09/03/17/mac-cardona-makes-emotional-pba-return

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