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    Sigh of relief as X-ray findings show no broken bones in Jimmy Alapag's hand

    May 5, 2016
    Jimmy Alapag's heavily bandaged hand after the game. Gerry Ramos

    THERE’S nothing to worry about as Meralco guard Jimmy Alapag didn’t suffer a broken hand as he had feared during the Bolts’ do-or-die game against the Alaska Aces on Wednesday night for a berth in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals.

    The veteran guard made the assurance the day after getting injured early in Game Five of the Bolts’ semifinals series with Alaska which the Aces won, 76-70.

    “Glad my hand has no fracture just need a couple wks to recover,” the Meralco guard tweeted in his account@Jalapag3.

    ‘Still hurt I couldn’t be on the court last night with the team tho #Bolts, “ added the obviously frustrated 38-year-old playmaker.

    Alapag earlier suspected he had broken a bone on his hand as he went to the Cardinal Santos Medical Center to have it checked shortly after the game.

    “That’s what it feels like because I couldn’t hold the ball or else I would’ve gotten back in the game,” he said.

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    He describes acquiring the injury following a ‘weird play’ which had his hand caught as he was trying to fight a pick Sonny Thoss gave for guard RJ Jazul.

    “I just felt my hand and my wrist kind of moved in an awkward position,” Alapag recalled. “The funny part was, the next play, I got the rebound and kind of threw a one-hand pass to Arinze (Onuaku), but I could already feel something was wrong.”

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    Alapag just played for five minutes and ended up scoreless, although he finished with three assists in the game that served as the closest the Bolts ever got to advancing to their first-ever finals appearance.

    He later added in his account, "Thank you guys for all the support n prayers the entire conference. Appreciate all of you. We’ll be back…#ProgressiveisAProcess #Bolts."

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    Jimmy Alapag's heavily bandaged hand after the game. Gerry Ramos
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