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    Rookie Raymond Almazan vows to step up for injury-plagued Rain or Shine frontline

    May 1, 2014
    Rookie Raymond Almazan is ready to step up in Game Three for beleaguered Rain or Shine. Jerome Ascano

    RAIN or Shine big man Raymund Almazan is ready to pick up the slack with the possibility of injured import Wayne Chism not suiting up for Game Three of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday night against Talk `N Text.

    Almazan had an impressive showing in Game Two, scoring 12 points and grabbing 16 rebounds after Chism left the match in the second quarter due to an injury. The Rain or Shine import was eventually diagnosed with an MCL tear in his left knee although he vowed to play in Game Three.

    But with Chism not 100 percent ready, Almazan said he’s ready to step up again.

    “’Yun naman lagi kong sinasabi, always ready lang naman ako. Hindi ako masyadong naghahanap ng playing time. Ang gusto ko lang, maka-contribute sa team,” said the rookie center out of Letran.

    “Lalo na ngayon na medyo hindi namin alam kung ano mangyayari kay Wayne, medyo alanganin. Ibibigay ko lang ang best ko, alam ko naman na may ilalaro ako,” said Almazan.

    The Elasto Painters are one loss away from being swept by Talk ‘N Text after the Tropang Texters won Game Two, 94-87, on Wednesday night for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

    Almazan however, remains optimistic about the Elasto Painters’ chances since the Elasto Painters came very close to inflicting the Tropang Texters their very first loss this conference.

    “Naubos ‘yung big men namin, kami na lang ni Beau. Wala kaming Jervy (Cruz), wala kaming JR (Quinahan), wala pa kaming Larry (Rodriguez), pero dikit pa rin,” said Almazan.

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    The third overall pick in the last draft also vowed to make adjustments of his own given enough playing time for Game Three.

    “Marami akong lapses lalo na ‘yung free throws, marami akong na-mintis. Kailangan rin naming mag-adjust sa fouls, naubos kami,” said Almazan.

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    Rookie Raymond Almazan is ready to step up in Game Three for beleaguered Rain or Shine. Jerome Ascano
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