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    Will Navarro still 'under observation' a day after head hit from Abanto

    Oct 21, 2019
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    ATENEO forward Will Navarro remains under observation following his quick exit in Ateneo's 84-50 win over University of the East on Sunday, Blue Eagles team manager Epok Quimpo bared on Monday.

    "He is still under observation as of the moment," said the amiable executive in a text message to to Spin.ph.

    Navarro was hit in the head with a stiff forearm from Red Warriors' bruiser Nick Abanto during a rebound play midway through the first quarter, leaving him dazed for several minutes while sitting on the floor.

    No foul was called in the play.


    He was subbed out at the 6:22 of the opening mark and momentarily stayed on the bench before he was taken back to the dugout.

    Coach Tab Baldwin opted not to field him back for fear of a possible concussion.

    "He was still a bit groggy at halftime. He wasn’t clear on everything, he didn’t remember what happened to him. So generally, when you don’t remember what happens to you, it’s not a great sign. So obviously the doctors have been with him," the mentor said.

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    Quimpo shared that the initial CT scan on Navarro came out clear, although Ateneo is taking precaution and has decided to rest the 22-year-old for the meantime.

    "We take head injuries seriously and we want to make sure that he is cleared from the hospital before he starts working out again," he said.

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    Navarro has been nothing short of solid for the Blue Eagles in their campaign this UAAP Season 82, averaging 7.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.2 blocks while taking over the 4 spot from the ineligible Raffy Verano.

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