De Ocampo down with strained left calf
Mark Escarlote on Oct 18, 2017 08:53 PM
EARLY EXIT: Ranidel de Ocampo of Meralco Bolts had a short stint in Game 3 of the PBA Governors' Cup Finals against Barangay Ginebra after straining his left calf.
Meralco forward Ranidel de Ocampo went down with a left calf muscle strain early in the opening quarter and won’t return in Game 3 of the best-of-seven 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals against Barangay Ginebra.
De Ocampo aggravated a nagging calf injury he has been nursing since the semifinals with just three minutes in in the opening period Wednesday night at the Big Dome.
The Gin Kings lead the series, 2-0.
“Naramdaman ko lang nu’ng inatake ko si (Justin) Brownlee,” said the Bolts slot man who added that there was no physical contact when he strained the left side of his calf muscle.
He was helped back to Meralco’s dugout with his calf wrapped with an ice pack.
De Ocampo admitted that he has been feeling the pain since Meralco’s semis series sweep over Star Hotshots.
"Inilaro ko pa rin. Eto yung ginagamit kong muscle. Yun. Bumigay na siya,” said De Ocampo while talking to a group of reporters inside the Bolts’ locker room. “Mahirap din talaga pag inilalaro ng may injury.”
De Ocampo left the venue during the third period. He’s set to undergo further tests at Makati Med.
“Meron eh (pop). Pupunta ako sa doktor ngayon,” he said. “Ngayon diretso na ko doktor. Punta akong Makati Med.”
De Ocampo’s return to action is yet to be determined depending on test results.
“Malalaman dun sa MRI at depende kung long srries,” said De Ocampo. “Di naman natin alam kung aabot ng Game Seven.”
“Depende rin sa bilis ng paggaling,” he added.
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