THE warrior in him just wouldn’t allow Wayne Chism to sit down and let Rain or Shine get beaten by Talk `N Text without a fight.
Despite nursing an MCL (medial collateral ligament) tear on his left knee, the import rode on his high pain tolerance and suited up for the Elasto Painters in Game Three of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 6-foot-8 Chism played his usual grind-it-all game, scoring 31 points, grabbing 14 rebounds, and dishing off five assists in an effort that went down the drain as the Elasto Painters were swept by the hot-shooting Tropang Texters following a 99-91 win to clinch the best-of-five series.
Talk `N Text earned another trip to the Finals as it won its 13th straight game, matching the longest winning streak in franchise history established during the 2010 Fiesta Cup.
Still, there was no regret on the part of Chism despite playing his way in the Game Three loss.
“Just a little bit (pain), but I can’t (just sit and watch) and start crying like a little girl. So I just fought through it and did the best I can,” said the import, who went on to average 22 points, 14.3 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks in the semifinals.
His effort to help Rain or Shine avert a sweep got a lot of praise from the Talk `N Text side especially coach Norman Black, who said Chism’s presence `helped make them (Elasto Painters) stay competitive.’
Chism stressed he came over to help his team win.
“I came here and did the best I could to my team. We came and fought, but you got to give credit to them (Tropang Texters),” added the 26-year-old standout out of Tennesse, who injured his left knee during the first half of Game Two of the series.
Given another chance, the sweet-shooting American said he hopes to come back and play again in Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league especially now that he has established a name for himself.
“If I had the opportunity, I’d love to play again because I’ve adjusted pretty well here (in the PBA), he said.
Before returning to Tennessee to recover from his injury, Chism said he plans to do some shopping in Manila together with his French girlfriend Farrah.