SAN Mig forward Joe Devance claimed he had no intention to take out Mario West when his hard bump led to a shoulder injury that forced the Meralco import out of Game Three on Friday night.
Devance said he was going for the ball when he bumped into a dribbling West in the third quarter of San Mig's 94-87 victory, leaving the import in pain on the floor as he held on to his right shoulder.
“When I hit him, it was nothing dirty. It wasn’t even super physical. He just extended his arm and of course, I didn’t think it was hard,” Devance told Spin.ph after the game.
During the time when team doctors and some of the Meralco players were attending to West, Devance said he even approached Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio to apologize.
“Later, I tried to approach coach Ryan and I said, “Sorry coach, I didn’t do it (hard foul) on purpose.” But it was done and over with,” he said.
Devance said he is hopeful that West would be okay, especially after learning from Spin.ph that the Meralco import will see a doctor and undergo an X-ray and possibly an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan on Saturday morning.
“I hope he’s okay. I want him (West) to play the next game. I was just going for the ball and not trying to take him out,” explained the 2008 top overall rookie pick.
Meralco team doctors said West may have suffered an acromioclavicular (AC) joint sprain on his right shoulder.