Doug Kramer fails to make Phoenix comeback due to a 'technicality.' Here's why
Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia was supposed to play Doug Kramer for the first time since the veteran center suffered a mild stroke. Jerome Ascano

PHOENIX coach Ariel Vanguardia rued the missed opportunity to field Doug Kramer against Alaska due to a mere miscommunication with the league as the Fuel Masters wound up with a 106-85 loss in their PBA Philippine Cup matchup on Friday night.

Fully recovered from a mild stroke and a heart surgery last November, Kramer was set to make his debut against the Aces, but the Fuel Masters failed to notify the league on time about his elevation to the active lineup.

“It’s a pity that – by technicality – we put Doug on the lineup yesterday but it was past 1 o’clock, so when PBA received our email, it was 1 p.m. already,” Vanguardia said. “We didn’t make the deadline. It was a miscommunication with our liaison.”

“But Doug is already cleared to play,” he added of the 33-year-old slotman. “He’s probably eighty percent on his conditioning. He could be a welcome addition in the playoffs.”

Vanguardia rued the missed opportunity to break in the 6-foot-5 Kramer for 10 to 15 minutes against the Fuel Masters.

“He could’ve helped kasi yung mga bigs namin were in foul trouble,” he said, pointing out that Willy Wilson and Prince Caperal were both saddled with four fouls.

The result left the Fuel Masters with a 6-5 win-loss record to the end the elimination in a waiting game to find out their place in the playoff pairings.

“Magdadasal na kami ngayon, pero at least hindi na kaming papuntang Boracay pa muna, ‘di ba?” Vanguardia said. “We have plenty to be thankful for. We’re practicing on Sunday then wait ‘til the eliminations end.”

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