Whatever chance Valencia City-San Sebastian had of staying alive in its semifinals series opposite Cignal-Ateneo went away when Allyn Bulanadi collided with Ange Kouame early in the game.
In that rebounding sequence with just two minutes having passed in the game, Bulanadi's right shoulder crashed right into Kouame and not long after, the former was down on the floor.
The Golden Harvest's versatile swingman went back to the locker room, never to return to action and leaving his team scrambling to find some way to replace his per game counts of 21.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.
He, however, was back on the bench in the second half, trying his very best to fire up his teammates. "Siyempre, masakit sa kalooban yun na 'di ako nakalaro kasi parang 'di ako nakatulong," he said.
He then continued, "Pero nandoon pa rin naman ako para sa kanila, mino-motivate ko sila mula sa bench."
Unfortunately for Valencia-Baste, it was all for naught as they fell for the second straight game to the Blue Eagles.
The good news, though, is that Bulanadi's injury does not look like it's serious. "Kaya naman daw. Na-dislocate lang kanina so siguro, palalakasin na lang namin," he said right after the game as he was wearing a sling.
The even better news is that despite the semifinals sweep, the Golden Harvest are nothing but confident this tournament has prepared them with the NCAA 95 looming large. "Madadala talaga namin ito sa NCAA. Malaking tulong sa amin ito," he said.
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