Sigh of relief as MRI exam eases Baser Amer's fear of sitting out final season with Red Lions
Baser Amer will miss the first two weeks of the NCAA Season 91 basketball tournament. Czeasar Dancel

WITH the shoulder pain almost unbearable, Baser Amer feared his season has ended before it could even begin.

He went through sleepless nights before the MRI results were released on Thursday showing he had not dislocated his right shoulder, as he had feared. The Hapee guard hurt his shoulder when he collided with Cafe France's Alfred Batino in the PBA D-League finals.

He sat out the title decider, which Hapee lost to Café France, but to Amer's relief, he will be able to play in his final year with the Red Lions.

[See Cafe France nips Hapee on Ebondo winner, becomes only fourth team to win D-League title]

“Hindi ako makatulog simula Monday kasi hindi ko siya maiangat. Kapag ginagalaw ko siya ng konti, ang sakit talaga,” said Amer, who showed up in the NCAA Season 91 opener still wearing a sling.

“Lalo akong kinabahan nung nag-MRI dahil baka na-dislocate, baka nga out of the season ako. Kaya nagdasal na lang ako at ‘yung mga teammates ko, sinasabihan ako ng stay positive lalo na si coach Jamike (Jarin),” said Amer.

As it turned out, San Beda’s top point guard will only miss two to three weeks and on Saturday said the swelling on the bruised shoulder has already subsided.

“Nag-iba na ‘yung kulay,” said Amer as he showed his right shoulder to

Amer was on the bench to support the Red Lions in their first game of Season 91 where he was happy with coming out with the victory over Mapua even without him and Ola Adeogun, who also missed the match due to a hamstring injury.

[See Art de la Cruz shows way as undermanned San Beda wins NCAA Season 91 opener against host Mapua]

“Sabi ko naman sa kanila, kahit may challenges na dumating sa team, laban pa rin talaga. Katulad ngayon, wala rin si Ola pero maganda ‘yung tinakbo ng team. May mga bad decisions lang pero ma-iimprove pa ’yun sa practice,” said Amer.

Watch inteview with Baser Amer before the Red Lions' NCAA opener

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