JERVY Cruz felt sorry that an accidental collision with Larry Fonacier two weeks ago has turned to a serious injury for the NLEX gunner.
The soft-spoken Ginebra big man was surprised upon learning Fonacier has been ruled out for the rest of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup following their mid-air collision during the Petron Saturday Special game in Legazpi City which the Kings won, 93-85.
“Nagulat nga ako nung nalaman ko ganun yung nangyari. Nakakalungkot kaya nagso-sorry talaga ako,” said Cruz upon learning Fonacier is still in hospital recovering from a bruised rib and a collapsed lung.
The incident happened near the end of the third period when Cruz and Fonacier bumped each other. Shortly after, the NLEX wingman was seen holding on to his rib area, prompting coach Yeng Guiao to take him out of the game, never to return.
The 31-year-old Cruz didn’t notice anything wrong with Fonacier afterwards, but nonetheless, approach him and apologized.
“Nung nagkabanggaan kami, sabi ko, 'Kuya sorry.' Aksidente talaga, bangga lang talaga,” recalled the former UAAP MVP from University of Santo Tomas.
Fonacier seemed fine after the accident, according to Cruz, adding, “parang wala naman.”
As it turned, the collision left the NLEX gunner with a fractured rib and a collapsed lung and is currently still confined in the hospital. The injury will keep him out for the remainder of the mid-season tournament, adding to the woes of an NLEX team already without guards Kevin Alas and Kiefer Ravena.
Curiously, Cruz wasn’t aware of Fonacier’s condition until almost a week after when former Santo Tomas stalwart Christian Luanzon told him about it.
“Nag-text sa akin si Kuya Christian (Luanzon), sabi niya, ‘Ikaw pala yung nakatama kay Fonacier.' Kaya nga nagulat ako,” said Cruz. “So sabi ko pakisabi sa kanya na sorry. Nakakabigla talaga. Kaya abot ang pagso-sorry ko sa kanya. Hopefully, gumaling na siya agad.”
The latest medical bulletin from NLEX had Fonacier possibly to be discharged from the hospital next week, according to team executive Ronald Dulatre.
“As per our team doctor, the chest tube is scheduled to be removed on Sunday, and hopefully, will be discharged on Monday,” said Dulatre.