Compton had a Tejada flashback after Mendoza's scary fall

Paul Lintag on Feb 02, 2017 11:52 AM
Compton had a Tejada flashback after Mendoza's scary fall
"I got a little scared because Eugene Tejada is a good friend and to see somebody's neck like that brought me back to being in the hospital with Gene and he can't move anything but his mouth," Compton said post-game.

With an impending crucial win Wednesday against Rain or Shine. Alaska head coach Alex Compton was out of it, a horrible memory playing through his head causing him not to celebrate his team clinching the no. 2 seed in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.

That's because in the final 26.1 seconds of the Aces' 94-89 victory over the Elasto Painters, Alaska forward Jaypee Mendoza was down on the court in pain after taking an unintentional knee to the neck from Rain or Shine's Jericho Cruz.

Mendoza was later stretchered out of the Cuneta Astrodome with his neck immobilized by a brace.

This almost too familiar picture left Compton in a rather emotional state as memories of Eugene Tejada's career-ending injury in 2006 came rushing back.

"I got a little scared because Eugene Tejada is a good friend and to see somebody's neck like that brought me back to being in the hospital with Gene and he can't move anything but his mouth," Compton said post-game.

"It just hit me. I love my guys. I lost the last 30 seconds or so. I was in la la land, not the movie," he added.

Fortunately for Compton and the rest of the Aces, Mendoza appears to be in great shape despite his scary fall.

The former San Beda Red Lion stayed behind in the Alaska locker at the Cuneta Astrodome for a little bit as doctors tended to his condition. If all goes according to plan, he should actually be ready on Sunday as the Aces start their Philippine Cup playoff run in Antipolo City vs. Ginebra.

"You saw the whole thing, nung bumagsak siya tumama yung ulo niya sa floor, and there was something whiplash, but very very minimal but the bigger problem was when he fell down, he got kneeled in the neck, yun ang mabigat," team physician Dr. Facundo Sun said. "Well the first thing I did was examine everything, his extremities were functioning so we don't want to have another Eugene, that's what we are worried about."

"Nothing serious, we just try to solve the inflammation as soon as possible. I think he should be okay by Sunday, hopefully. I think we will have another evaluation," he added.

 

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