BEING ruled out of Game Six of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals on Wednesday night due to a sprained left ankle didn’t stop Sol Mercado from joining Ginebra in practice on Tuesday.
Needing crutches to walk around the Philippine Arena in Game Five on Sunday night, the Gin Kings stopper could already stand by himself on Tuesday and even got some shots up during breaks in training despite still wearing a protective boot.
“I’m getting better, feeling better,” Mercado said in a short chat with SPIN.ph after practice on the eve of Game Six against Meralco on Wednesday night also at the Philippine Arena. “That (Game Five) win definitely helps.”
“For tomorrow, I won’t play, see how it goes,” he added. “I’m going to do some more therapy today, but it’s definitely feeling better.”
Apart from doing some light shooting, Mercado found ways to be involved in practice as he led them in prayer at the final huddle.
And the Filipino-American combo guard is also praying that LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson, and the rest of the guard continue to step up in his absence as the Gin Kings try to finish off the Bolts.
“You saw them last game: everybody stepped up, played with a lot of heart,” Mercado said. “Hopefully we can duplicate that and play even better tomorrow.”