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    Ranidel De Ocampo's chances of playing in PBA Finals are slim and none

    Oct 19, 2017
    Ranidel De Ocampo is no longer optimistic of a return to the PBA Finals. Jerome Ascano

    THE prospect of Ranidel De Ocampo playing again in the 2017 PBA Governors Cup finals appeared very dim.

    An MRI conducted on the veteran Meralco forward on Wednesday night showed a significant tear on his left calf muscle that should keep him out for the duration of the best-of-seven title series.

    "Baka hindi na," said De Ocampo when SPIN.ph asked for an update on his condition. "Punit e. Malaki din."

    De Ocampo hurt the leg very early in the first quarter of Game 3 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum as he attempted to make a move against Barangay Ginebra import Justine Brownlee.


      He was no longer fielded back by coach Norman Black after he left the game at the 8:24 mark and spent the rest of the first half having the injured leg iced inside the Meralco dugout.

      De Ocampo later proceeded to the Makati Medical Center to undergo a check-up on the extent of the damage.

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      Despite his absence, the Bolts went on to win the game, 94-81, to cut Ginebra's lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

      Game Four is on Friday night.

      The 35-year-old Tanza, Cavite native no longer joined the Bolts in their Thursday afternoon practice and just rested at home.

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      De Ocampo also doubted if he will undergo surgery since the torn muscle is located on the upper part of the leg.

      "Mataas kasi siya kaya hindi ooperahan," he said. "Kung mababa daw, ooperahan siya dahil sa laki ng size (punit) niya."

      Black meanwhile, appeared resigned to the fact that Meralco will no longer have de Ocampo for the finals.

      "It's going to be tough moving forward especially with Ranidel being out," he said. "But at the saeme time, we still have some guys out there fighting and so we're going to war with them, and we'll probably make do with them in our remaining games."

      One of those who filled up the void left by de Ocampo was another veteran in Reynel Hugnatan, who finished with 22 points and fired seven three-pointers in 38 minutes of play.

      Hugnatan, 38, said he's ready to do whatever it takes to help the Bolts win their breakthrough championship in the league.

      "We just have to move forward with what we have," added Black.

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