VETERAN guard Alex Cabagnot played through a fractured nose, helping San Miguel demolish Blackwater, 118-93, in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup on Friday after striking a deal with his doctors.
Cabagnot suffered a depressed nasal fracture following a tackle by Meralco stalwart Cliff Hodge in their December 28, but managed to convince doctors to allow him to play.
“It's still a little bit swollen, I got hit a couple times but hopefully it can heal, I just have to ice it. It's still fractured but we'll try to work through it, no excuses,” he said after finishing with 14 points in the lopsided victory - the fifth in a row for the Beermen.
The 34-year old playmaker revealed he only got the green light from his doctor when he agreed to wear a mask to protect his fractured nose, but admitted feeling uneasy the entire game.
“It's actually doctor's orders,” he said. “I would love to take it off but I can't. That's the deal we made, I have to wear a mask and I can play or I don't wear a mask and I don't play.”
Cabagnot also shared that he postponed surgery so he could finish the conference. Doctors estimated his recovery would take up to six weeks and that would make Cabagnot miss the remainder of the Philippine Cup.
“Actually it does (need surgery) but if I do surgery it would take six weeks (to recover) so I'll miss (the rest of the Philippine Cup). I'm just gonna suck it up and wait it out,” he said.
“It's fractured so there's nothing I can do about it. It's gonna heal pero it's still gonna be displaced. Parang kailangan ko lang i-tiyaga tiyaga lang ng konti,” he added.
Cabagnot assured that once the conference is over, he will definitely undergo surgery which will force him to miss some games in the Commissioner's Cup, which starts around April.
“Yes, and I'll miss part of the Commissioner's Cup but we're in the middle of the season now and there are certain things you gotta do and you gotta take care of. Put the priorities at hand first,” he said.