RABEH Al-Hussaini fell victim to the heavy traffic caused by the APEC Summit in Metro Manila.
The Meralco slotman arrived late at the Alonte Sports Arena on Tuesday, way past the Bolts’ call time ahead of their match against Barangay Ginebra in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup.
“F*ck the traffic,”Al-Hussaini said while rushing to the dugout where he quickly changed into his uniform and apologized to Meralco officials.
The 27-year-old came in a few minutes before the 7 p.m. tipoff, at a time when the Bolts were about to finish their warm-up session.
Expected to be benched the entire match as punishment, Al-Hussaini surprisingly subbed for Kelly Nabong with over three minutes left before halftime as the 6-foot-7 big man tried to counter the Kings’ obvious size advantage.
He also played well enough, scoring 13 points which stands as his highest since returning to the Meralco fold after a long stay in Kuwait.
Meralco, however, lost the game by a mile, 64-89.