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    Jay Washington rues 'bad timing' of injury but hopeful of returning for playoffs

    Jan 18, 2014
    GlobalPort's Jay Washington, pictured right with Alaska's Nic Belasco, was playing his best basketball in years before going down with a foot injury. Dante Peralta

    GLOBALPORT big man Jay Washington can't help but rue the timing of his injury.

    Just when the 6-foot-7 power forward is playing his best PBA conference in years after a move away from Petron, Washington was hit by a partial plantar tear on his right foot in the ongoing Philippine Cup.

    “I really feel bad. More than that, I feel bad for not being able to help the team. It’s really bad timing,” he said while shaking his head following Globalport’s loss to Ginebra on Friday night.

    “It’s a shame I couldn’t get out there to help.”

    Washington has missed the Batang Pier’s last two games in the season-opening conference, and it is doubtful if he can still play in the playoffs if and when Globalport gets there.

    “By next week, hopefully I’d be okay to come back. It’s just depending on the timeframe of the team, if we are still playing by then,” he said while showing an aircast tightly placed on his injured foot.

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    And though Globalport is still struggling to find its rhythm and failed to keep up with Ginebra, Washington believes the team has the potential to become a championship contender soon.

    “We played a good game today. We played against a bigger team, they might have a few more weapons offensively, but I think as a team, we played really well,” the 32-year-old said.

    With a lineup laden with a lot of young players, Washinton thinks the talent is there for GlobalPort and it's only a matter of time before success comes to the franchise owned by Mikee Romero.

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    “Just our chemistry on the floor, just guys knowing their roles, being smart, making the right decisions. Talent-wise, we’re alright. We can compete,” he said.

    “But it’s really just the experience, we’re lacking with (it with) so many young guys. And once they start getting that experience and they start to get game situations, I think we’ll be alright then,” he said.

    After the 108-92 loss to Ginebra, Globalport skidded to eighth spot in the team standings as the future still holds uncertain for the league’s newest and youngest ballclub.

    “But I feel like we’re progressively getting better. As long as we have guys that buy into the system and everything, but (overall) I feel like we’re definitely getting better as a team,” he concluded.

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    GlobalPort's Jay Washington, pictured right with Alaska's Nic Belasco, was playing his best basketball in years before going down with a foot injury. Dante Peralta
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