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    Gutsy Almazan starts for Meralco in Game 4 despite meniscus tear on knee

    Jan 15, 2020
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    RAYMOND Almazan surprisingly started for Meralco in Game Four of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals against Barangay Ginebra on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Almazan was feared to be out of the best-of-seven series after he was diagnosed with a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee, suffered in the early minutes of Ginebra's Game 3 win on Sunday.

    Meralco coach Norman Black even prepared for the eventuality of Almazan being done for the season.

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    To the surprise of most fans, the 6-7 former Letran standout not only suited up on Wednesday but also started in a game the Bolts must win to avoid falling into a 1-3 hole in the title playoffs.

    Team insiders said doctors gave Almazan the green light to play, but Meralco officials left the final say on the player.

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      Almazan, sources said, made the decision after joining the pre-game warmups.

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