MERALCO’S semifinal campaign in the PBA Governors Cup suffered a major blow when it lost import Mario West late in the third quarter of the Bolts' Game Three encounter against San Mig Coffee on Friday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The 6-foot-4 West was bringing the ball downcourt when he was bumped hard by Mixers forward Joe Devance near midcourt, hitting his right shoulder in the process.
The Meralco import went down hard on the floor, clutching his right shoulder while grimacing in pain as play was halted at the 4:27 mark of the third period.
The Mixers were up, 61-54 when West went down.
The Georgia Tech alumnus went straight to the Meralco dugout, accompanied by the physical therapist and PBA doctor Ronald Calma. He never returned as the Bolts lost, 87-94.
Initial check with the league doctor revealed West may have suffered an acromioclavicular (AC) joint sprain on his right shoulder.
“Masakit kapag ginagalaw, it might be an AC joint sprain,” Calma told Spin.ph.
“I was just dribbling the ball man,” West said as his right shoulder was wrapped with an ice.
Team doctors said the Meralco import might undergo MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan on Saturday.