KEVIN Ferrer assured he’s already fine after palpitating in the middle of University of Santo Tomas’ game against Far Eastern University on Saturday.
For a while, anxious moment enveloped the Tigers’ bench in the third quarter as Ferrer sat on the bench with an oxygen mask after complaining about something in his chest.
He later went to the UST dugout with the oxygen mask still on and lied on the table while being treated.
But the national team member returned to the game in the fourth quarter and was on hand when the Tigers beat the Tamaraws, 85-76, to clinch at least a playoff for the twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four of UAAP Season 78.
Ferrer said he only needed to rest after his heart palpitated, blaming the chocolates he ate prior to the game for what happened.
“Siguro nagpalpitate dahil sa chocolate,” Ferrer said. “First time ko kumain ng chocolate before the game. Nanibago.”
Ferrer said he didn’t want to force the issue by playing despite having palpitations.
“Nagulat na lang ako kasi ang bilis eh (heart beat). Ayokong ilaro muna kasi pag linaro ko baka lalong lumala. Kailangan ko munang maka-recover,” Ferrer said.
UST coach Bong dela Cruz said he was concerned during the game when Ferrer decided to return to the dugout.
“Mga anak ko na ‘to eh. Iniisip ko siya nung game na sana okay lang siya na sana walang mangyari sa kanya,” Dela Cruz said.
Ferrer said he wanted to return to the game to help the Tigers finish what they started when a 12-2 run put the team ahead, 69-59.
“Gusto kong bumalik sa game. Wala ako dun para makipaglaban kasama ng team,” he said.