ATENEO junior guard Von Pessumal suffered a gruesome finger injury on Friday that dampened the Eagles’ joy after an 84-64 rout of Lyceum in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at The Arena in San Juan.
Pessumal, who is fast emerging as the Eagles’ newest scoring threat, went down early in the second quarter after the index finger on his right shooting hand was left in a bloody mess after it got caught in the jersey of Lyceum guard Shane Ko.
Making the injury worse, Ateneo players claim, Ko tried to get it untangled with a chopping motion.
Pessumal, who had 19 points including five three-pointers in the Blue Eagles' last game against University of the East, played just four minutes and finished with only three points before he was taken out and rushed to the nearby Cardinal Santos Medical Center.
“It got tangled up in the jersey. It was chopped,” Pessumal's teammate Kiefer Ravena said of the incident.
“After that (injury scene) siguro nanghina `yung team kaya probably there was this slump in the second quarter, because everyone kind of at least had a vision of what happened.”
Team manager Paolo Trillo said Pessumal, a former national youth team member, might be transferred to St. Luke’s Medical Center.
“We haven’t heard of the initial findings, although it didn’t look good so we’re just hoping for the best,” he said.
“He’ll be with us (in the US), but we don’t know the extent of his injury,” Trillo added. “For us right now, the whole idea is to get healthy first and hopefully we can build on that summer training abroad and come back healthier.”