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    Sol Mercado in doubt after paying high price for brave chasedown block on Dillinger

    Oct 20, 2017
    Sol Mercado attended to by Ginebra doctors after the bad fall. Jerome Ascano

    GINEBRA guard Sol Mercado was wheeled out of the Smart Araneta Coliseum in a wheelchair after suffering a left ankle sprain in the finals seconds of Game Four on Friday night.

    The veteran guard pulled off a gallant chasedown block on Meralco's Jared Dilinger with 20 seconds left, giving Ginebra a chance to wipe out an 85-83 Meralco lead late in Game Four.

    Mercado, however, paid a high price for the brave play as a bad landing left him writhing on the floor in pain, leaving him doubtful for Game Five on Sunday.

    "You never know about sprained ankles until the next day. The swelling dictates wh at grade it is, one, two or three,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone after the 83-85 loss left the PBA Governors Cup Finals tied at 2-2.

    “If it's a grade, he'll get a chance to play but if it's two or three, he won't make it on Sunday,” he added.

    Mercado was on his way to a hospital for an examination at posting time.

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      Cone couldn't help but feel bad that the brave play of Mercado didn't result in a game-winning play.

      "Sayang, that was a game-saving play by Sol. And he got injured doing it. Sayang we didn't take advantage of it," stressed the Ginebra mentor. "But that was a heck of an effort."

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      Sol Mercado attended to by Ginebra doctors after the bad fall. Jerome Ascano
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