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    Grieving Raymond Almazan bounces back with career game vs Bolts

    Dec 16, 2015
    Raymond Almazan had 21 points and 17 rebounds against Alaska. Jerome Ascano

    RAYMOND Almazan dedicated his career performance on Wednesday to his unborn child who passed away last month.

    Grieving since his wife, Lieza, suffered a miscarriage early in November, the Rain or Shine big man had been lackluster for the past few games.

    But Almazan finally bounced back on Wednesday, posting career bests of 21 points and 17 rebounds, on top of one block and one assist in just 27 minutes against the Bolts.

    “Alam ko may trabaho ako eh,” the third-year pro said after the Elasto Painters' 97-87 victory. “Hindi naman pwede magmukmok ako ng magmukmok. Baka mawalan ako ng trabaho.”

    “Inisip ko na lang na may plano si God para sa amin kaya kinuha niya siguro ng maaga yung baby namin,” he added.

    Almazan channeled his sorrow into positive energy on the court against the Bolts as he made all but one of his seven shots, including one three-pointer, and eight of his 10 charities.

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    “Iniisip ko na medyo nagkulang ako sa wife ko…kasi busy sa schedule. Pero ngayon, alam ko na ang gagawin ko,” the former NCAA MVP out of Letran said.

    “So every game ko simula nung nangyari yun, dine-dedicate ko na sa kanya at sa asawa at sa magulang ko.”

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