Purefoods therapists hard at work during Lenten break to bring Marc Pingris back to top shape
Marc Pingris' left ankle is being iced at the Purefoods bench after spraining it when he stepped on the foot of teammate Joe Devance during Game One of the PBA Commissioner's Cup semis series against TnT. Jerome Ascano

PUREFOODS physiotherapist Nick Ocampo and Arcee Cua found themselves pre-occupied with work during the Holy Week as they attend to injured players Marc Pingris and Yousef Taha.

Despite the Hotshots going on a break on Maundy Thursday, the two had to monitor the condition of both Pingris and Taha in the hope of getting them ready for the PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals series against Talk ‘N Text.

Pingris sprained his left ankle on Wednesday in Purefoods’ 100-94 win over Talk ‘N Text in Game One of the best-of-five series after tripping on teammate Joe Devance’s foot while going back on defense midway through the third period.

Ocampo said Pingris has been advised to ice his left ankle for the next 24 hours and limit his movement to prevent further swelling.

“We have a rest day on Thursday and a chance to recover. But for now, 24 hours naka-ice siya. Okay naman ang lakad niya, pero just for safety, other than that, ice lang siya starting Wednesday night,” said the Purefoods PT.

The 6-foot-5 Pingris insisted on playing in the final period of the series opener, but Ocampo and team doctor Raffy Sanchez advised him against it so as not to aggravate the injury.

“Seems like Grade 1 lang (sprain). He would like to try pero he was not 100 percent and he was unsure of himself, so we thought of saving him up for Monday (in Game Two),” Ocampo told Spin.ph.

The soft-spoken Ocampo is also overseeing the recovery of the 6-foot-8 Taha, who sprained his ankle more than a week ago after colliding with teammate Alex Mallari in the Hotshots’ elimination round game against Meralco.

The timetable for Taha’s return is uncertain at this point.

Ocampo said Taha's injury is worse than Pingris, which is why the energetic forward would more likely be ready by Monday when the Hotshots eye a 2-0 bulge against the Tropang Texters.

“Sa itsura niya (left ankle), di siya namamaga as of now, so I don’t think it’s worse. He’ll be ready for Monday,” said Ocampo of the Gilas Pilipinas stalwart.

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