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    Jericho Cruz in doubt for Gilas' Asiad mission owing to injury

    Jul 12, 2018
    Jericho Cruz wears a cast during Game Two of the TNT-SMB series on Wednesday night.
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    JERICHO Cruz is in danger of missing the 2018 Asian Games due to a fracture in his right finger he sustained in Game One of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals against San Miguel.

    Cruz could be out up to six weeks after he fractured his fourth metacarpal in his right hand when the finger accidentally got caught in the jersey of San Miguel’s Marcio Lassiter.

    That leaves Cruz's availability for the TNT-backed Philippine men’s basketball team in doubt in the Asian Games set from August 18 to September 2 in Indonesia.

    “Baka hindi ako makalaro pero I’ll take it a day at a time,” said Cruz, wearing a cast and sling in his right hand when he showed up for Game Two of the TNT-San Miguel series on Wednesday night.

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      Cruz said it was frustrating, to say the least, that he injured his finger at a time when he was looking forward to contribute to the KaTropa's playoff push. Cruz scored Game One’s first five points before going down with the injury.

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      “Maganda ‘yung start ko. I was in a mentality na talagang playoff mode na eh. Binabalik ko ‘yung kumpiyansa ko. First two baskets ko, naka-shoot ako. Nakakalakas ng loob eh. Pagkatapos ng nangyari sa akin, parang nawala ako eh. Sakit sa loob ko na hindi ako makakalaro sa team,” said Cruz.

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      As he begins the recovery period, Cruz said he is still hoping that he could return to the floor at the soonest possible time and, perhaps, play in the Asian Games in Indonesia.

      “In God’s time. Ayoko madaliin. Career natin ‘to. I will just keep on praying and hope na everything will be okay.”

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      Jericho Cruz wears a cast during Game Two of the TNT-SMB series on Wednesday night.
      PHOTO: Marlo Cueto
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