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    TNT stalwarts Ranidel de Ocampo, Ryan Reyes both game-time decisions for Game 2

    Jun 23, 2017

    SAME as import TNT KaTropa Joshua Smith, veterans Ranidel de Ocampo and Ryan Reyes' status for the PBA Commissioner's Cup finals remain on day-to-day basis depending on their respective physical condition.

    De Ocampo is down with the flu, while Reyes had a minor sprain that prevented them from suiting up for Game 1 of the title series won by Katropa, 104-102.

    The two long-time stalwarts of the franchise remain a game-time decision for Friday's Game 2 against San Miguel at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Despite De Ocampo and Reyes' vital roles in the Katropa's rotation, coach Nash Racela stressed the team can't compromise the health of the two.

    "Ranidel was under the weather since Sunday. He wanted to play (in Game 1), but we always look at the big picture and we don't really want to hurt himself more," said Racela of the 34-year-old De Ocampo, who still showed up at the Big Dome along with Reyes during the series opener.

    "Yes he will be available for the next game if he gets better."

    As for Reyes, the Fil-Am guard hurt himself during the team's series' clinching win against Ginebra in the semis.

    "It's just a minor injury but the advice is to give Ryan a rest," said the soft-spoken mentor.

    "But we're hoping to have him for Game 2, if not, we will be forced to stretch the minutes of the other guys. That's how pivotal Ryan is to our team."

    The condition of the two further added to the injury woes of the Katropa, who had to make do playing with an injured Smith during the playoffs.

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