WITH his team’s back against the wall, import Wayne Chism vowed to suit up for Rain or Shine in Game Three of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals notwithstanding a suspected MCL (medial collateral ligament) grade two sprain he suffered on his left knee Wednesday night.
The 6-foot-8 Chism went down with a knee injury during the midway point of the second period of Game Two while going for a rebound against fellow import Richard Howell of Talk `N Text.
He never returned to the game after that as the Elasto Painters went to lose the match, 94-87, to go down 0-2 in the best-of-five series.
“Yes, it’s still painful but I got a high tolerance (for pain), but no way (I'm gonna miss Game Three). I’ll be back after,” said Chism while walking out of the Astrodome with a limp shortly after the game.
Chism, who was grimacing in pain while being examined by league sports doctor Vincent Jay Guab during the first half, flashed his customary smile as he tried to cheer up his embattled team.
The former Tennessee standout commended the Elasto Painters for battling the solid Talk ‘N Text squad, which relied a lot on Ranidel de Ocampo, Jimmy Alapag, and Jason Castro after Howell ran into foul trouble in the second half.
“Watching my team (on the bench) was disappointing because I know I could have helped my team out especially with Howell in foul trouble,” shared the 26-year-old Chism, whose Game Two stats by the time he left the court included 10 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks.
“My team did a good job and made minor mistakes. So next game, we have to be ready to play,” he added.
Rookie Raymond Almazan stepped up big in place of Chism as he finished with a double-double of 12 points and 16 rebounds to go along with two blocks before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.