Jericho Cruz in race to be fit for Rain or Shine's do-or-die match against Phoenix
Jericho Cruz in obvious pain after spraining his ankle on Friday night. Jaime Campos

JERICHO Cruz hopes to overcome a ‘bad sprain’ he suffered on Friday night in time for Rain or Shine’s sudden-death game against Phoenix for the last quarterfinal berth in the PBA Governors Cup.

The sophomore guard landed awkwardly on the foot of Star big man Rodney Brondial while going for a basket midway through the third quarter of the game against Star at the Mall of Asia Arena that left him with a sprained ankle for the first time in his playing career.

“It’s my first time to be sprained in a game. I never had a sprain,” he disclosed.

There was immediate swelling on the injured ankle that Cruz had a hard time moving after the game. Good thing, the death match against the Fuel Masters won’t be played until Wednesday.

“Hopefully I can play on Wednesday, pero as of now I can’t move it,” Cruz said.

The Rain or Shine Cruz stalwart left the game for good after suffering the injury. He finished with eight points on 4 of 6 shooting and had two assists in 18 minutes of play as the Elasto Painters hacked out a 108-97 win over the Hotshots.

The former Adamson star fell badly on the floor that he also hurt his right foot in the process, which explains the obvious limp in his steps as he walked along the MOA corridor following the game.

He was quick to show how swollen the left ankle was.

“At first I felt like I can play, but now it’s swollen. I can’t move it,” Cruz said. “It’s a big sprain, its left and right yung masakit.”

 Cruz didn’t join the Elasto Painters in their Saturday practice, and instead underwent therapy for the sprained ankle.

He hopes the swelling would subside in time for the Elasto Painters’ most important game of the season.

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“Right now, it’s really bad,” said Cruz. “But we’ll see. I want to play (on Wednesday).”

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