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    Fit-again Jerick Cañada wastes no time in giving Go for Gold lift

    Aug 1, 2018
    Jerick Cañada is relishing his return after recovering from a torn ACL.
    PHOTO: dante peralta

    JERICK Cañada is making the most out of his second chance from an ACL injury by helping Go For Gold in its title quest in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup.

    Right in his first game as a Scratcher, Cañada made his presence felt, delivering 11 points on 80 percent shooting, and collecting five rebounds, as many as assists, and three steals in Go for Gold’s 96-87 win over Marinerong Pilipino in Game One of their best-of-three semifinals on Tuesday night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

    “Grinab ko lang ‘yung opportunity kasi ‘yun nga biglaan tinawagan nila ako nung Saturday tapos ‘yung opportunity nandoon,” said Cañada, who suffered a torn ACL in Indonesia last October. “Nakita ko ulit ‘yung opportunity makabalik so grinab ko na agad. Fit naman ako sa system. Ginagawa ko lang ‘yung role ko.”

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    When Go for Gold contacted him last Saturday, Cañada said that he accepted the chance right away without batting an eye.

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    “Oo na ako agad kasi ‘yung opportunity is hindi naman laging nandyan e. Grinab ko na talaga, blessing in disguise, medyo gumaganda naman laro ko coming from a surgery,” he said.

    Although he had a convincing comeback, the Adamson standout admitted that he is still trying to overcame the trauma from his injury.

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    “Usually mental na kalaban so dasal lang at lakas lang ng loob kasi nandoon naman ‘yung rehab,” Cañada said. “Minsan kasi from ACL naglalaban sa mental. Ngayon, sa akin nilalakasan ko lang loob ko.”

    Now that the Scratchers are just a win away from reaching the Foundation Cup Finals, Cañada vowed to continue doing his role on the team and provide the firepower when they try to sweep Marinerong Pilipino on Thursday at the same venue in Pasig City.

    “Ang sakin lang kahit sa points wala ako as long as mananalo, maganda ‘yung ikot bola or sistema sa loob. Tiwala naman si coach Charles sa akin,” he said. “Small things na lang siguro ‘yung mga one-on-one defense na lang kasi okay naman ‘yung sistema ni coach.”

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    Jerick Cañada is relishing his return after recovering from a torn ACL.
    PHOTO: dante peralta
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