Sonny Thoss certain elbow to the head from Russian banger was 'no accident'
Sonny Thoss reports for Gilas' morning practice with his head heavily bandaged. Dodo Catacutan

TAIPEI - Big man Sonny Thoss is not sure if he will be given a runout for Gilas Pilipinas' game against Japan on Wednesday, but assured he'll be ready if his number is called.

The 6-7 Thoss suffered an inch-long cut at the back of his head courtesy of an elbow from Russian banger Alimdzhan Fediushin in their Jones Cup against Spartak Primorye on Tuesday, but was ready to suit up after getting five staples on the gash from medics at the Xinzhuang Stadium.

The Alaska big man reported for morning practice on Wednesday with his head heavily bandaged, but has no doubt that he'll be ready to play against Japan if coach Tab Baldwin calls his number.

"I was ready to play yesterday but Coach Tab and our physio thought otherwise," said Thoss. "There's no problem. I'm ready to play today if they need me."

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Thoss is sure of one other thing: the elbow he got from the Russian big man in an away-of-the-ball play, after the two figured in a physical skirmish for a rebound, was deliberate.

"It was definitely no accident," he said smiling.

Still, Thoss took the blow in stride, saying he would've ended up hurting the team had he reacted violently.

Gilas assistant coach Alex Compton, who is also Thoss' coach at Alaska, was left impressed by how calm Thoss handled the incident, even with his jersey soaked in blood.

"Napaka-tapang rin ni Sonny," he said. "Calm lang s'ya."

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