JOSHUA Dollard was quick to shake off the cut in the right eyebrow he suffered in during Barako Bull’s 106-100 loss to San Miguel Beer in their Commissioner’s Cup game on Saturday.
Dollard exploded for 46 points, 30 of them coming in the second half after he came out of the halftime break with fresh stitches in his right eyebrow courtesy of a Ronald Tubid elbow in the first half.
The Barako Bull import said the incident was all part of the game, refuting suggestions the Tubid elbow fired him up in the second half.
"I'm not quite sure how many stitches they (doctors) put in, but I think they put about four or five stitches,” the 28-year-old said Dollard.
“But it happened in the heat of the game."
Too bad, Dollard’s league-career high went down the drain as the Energy lost for the fourth time in five outings.
The Energy were still very much in the game after grabbing the lead, 93-92 late in the fourth quarter after rallying back from a 14-point deficit.
But San Miguel counterpart Kevin Jones scored the team's last seven points, including the dagger three-point shot that all but settled the outcome of the match.
Jones finished with 28 points.
"Definitely we have a chance, until it's over and said and done. We just need to improve on a couple of minor mistakes here and there, like late rotation, that costs us," said Dollard out of University of South Carolina-Aiken.
Incidentally, Dollard was not the only Barako Bull player who suffered a cut during the game.
Rookie Carlo Lastimosa had to endure a busted lip after Sol Mercado accidentally kicked him in the mouth while going for a shot.