THE possible return of Ali Peek from a knee injury shortly after the Holy Week break is certainly a welcome development for the struggling Talk `N Text team in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Peek has not suited up since the Texters completed a four-game sweep of Rain or Shine during the Philippine Cup Finals after undergoing minor surgery on his left knee to drain some fluid early in February.
He averaged 7.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in 21 minutes of play during the All-Filipino conference, figures which the Tropang Texters are definitely missing in their roller-coaster campaign in the import-laden tournament.
Talk `N Text currently carries an even 5-5 (win-loss) record in a tie for fourth to eighth places with Meralco, defending champion San Mig Coffee, Air21, and Barangay Ginebra.
But with Peek expected to return soon, things could probably get better for the telecommunication franchise since the team will have an additional veteran presence to man its frontcourt.
“I got a little bit confident and put too much weight on my knee and aggravated it so I’ve rested it a little bit. Now i feel pretty good, so that’s my goal (to play after the Holy Week),” Peek told Spin.ph.
The Hawaii-born cager said he’s been doing rehab consistently to strengthen his legs and hopefully, be able to play and contribute for the Tropang Texters in time for the playoffs.
Peek could only watch helplessly behind Talk ‘N Text’s bench as Rain or Shine bludgeoned his team, 116-85, on Palm Sunday for the Elasto Painters’ first victory over the Tropang Texters this season after six failed attempts.
“It’s just one of those days. We haven’t had a (horrible) game like that for a long time,” said Peek of the 31-point blowout loss. “I guess once in a while, it happens. I know we’re better than this. It’s just a bad day at the office.
“We’re a champion team so we just got to come back and get back to where we are.”