THE absence of two key players obviously hurt for TNT Katropa in its Game Two loss to Meralco in the PBA Governors Cup semifinals.
Big guard Ryan Reyes failed to suit up for the top-seeded team while Asian import Michael Madanly didn’t return for the second half of the Texters’ 106-91 loss at the hands of the Bolts Thursday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum after suffering what he referred to as a ‘silly injury.’
Madanly said he just felt a sudden pain in his lower back during the second quarter that forced him to sit out the rest of the game. He finished with only two points on 1 of 6 shooting in 13 minutes of play.
“I don’t know what happened. There’s something wrong,” said the former Syrian national team member. “I felt like I tore a muscle in my lower back or could have overstretched. So I wasn’t able to move. I didn’t have any motion and I fell numb on my legs.”
Reyes for his part just watched the action from the bench as he was nursing a flu. He hurriedly went straight to the hospital after the match.
“I’m sick. I’m going to the hospital now,” he said as he politely turn down an interview with SPIN.ph.
Their contributions obviously were missed by the Texters, who are now tied with the Bolts at 1-1 in the best-of-five series.
Madanly is averaging 15.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists, while Reyes is submitting averages of 7.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.2 steals.
Unlike Reyes, Madanly said he just needs to rest as his body is responding well to medicines.
“It’s just an accident, but I will be fine,” he said.
Game Three is set on Saturday also at the Big Dome.