IT wasn’t meant to impress, much less embarrass someone.
Kevin Ferrer actually wasn’t even aware of the extent of the damage he did after doing what seemed to be a harmless crossover move in one sequence late in Gilas Pilipinas’ game against Iraq during the recent Jones Cup in Taipei.
It was only during a team huddle when the Gilas cadet was finally told about what he did against Hussein Talib just as the match, which the Filipinos won, 84-75, was winding down to its final seconds.
“Tinawag na lang ako ni coach Jong (Uichico), sabi niya, ‘Hoy, tingnan mo yung ginawa mo doon,’ recalled the Barangay Ginebra rookie.
To Ferrer’s surprise, there was Talib sprawled on the floor of the Taipei Heping Gymnasium and writhing in pain. He never got to stand up and had to be carried out of the playing court by his Iraqi teammates.
Ferrer swore he didn’t really know what transpired when he did a crossover to avoid the pressure defense of the Iraqis during the play, which eventually went viral on the internet.
“Sobrang nagulat ako kasi akala ko wala lang. Nakarating pa nga ako sa dulo ng court,” Ferrer related to SPIN.ph. “Nung sinabi na lang sa akin, nakita ko binubuhat na yung Iraqi. Tinitingnan ko nga kung may replay (sa monitor), pero di naman na pinakita.”
Here's a video of the play:
It was while dressing up at the Gilas dugout that what happened finally dawned on him.
“May mga posts na sa social media, nag viral na nga raw,” said the power forward out of University of Santo Tomas.
He even got the surprise of his life that it gained world-wide attention after Bleachers Report had to do a video story on the sequence.
“Nagulat ako. Nag-message sa akin na gagawan nga raw ng story,” said Ferrer.
The national team stalwart recalled one similar incident during his collegiate days in the UAAP when he also did an ankle breaker against Kyle Neypes of National University.
Neypes fell down but came out unscathed following the play, which likewise went viral, although not as great as the one Ferrer did in the Jones Cup.
“Nag viral din yun, pero ito kasi international kaya (I guess) naging big deal,” said Ferrer, who was in playing uniform but wasn't fielded by coach Tim Cone in Ginebra’s 124-108 win over GlobalPort on Sunday in the PBA Governors Cup.
As expected, the 6-foot-4 stretch four got a lot of ribbing from his Gilas teammates following the incident. But for him, it’s just all work.
“Ginagawa ko lang naman yung best ko,” he stressed. “Nagulat ako (kasi) nag-press pa sila (Iraqi). E, ayaw ko namang mag turnover. Spur of the moment lang yun.”
While saying he was honored that a ‘simple play’ he did got the attention of the basketball world, Ferrer likewise felt for Talib, adding he doesn’t even know what happened to the Iraqi player afterwards.
“Hindi ko kasi alam ano talaga ang nangyari, kaya hindi na ako nakapag-sorry sa kanya,” he said. “Hindi ko nga rin alam (ano ang nangyari sa kanya). Pero yung nakita ko sa video, Achilles yung hawak niya.”
That’s what you call a real ankle-breaker.