INJURY REPORT: Mercado hurts ankle, uncertain for Game 5

Mark Escarlote on Oct 20, 2017 10:55 PM
INJURY REPORT: Mercado hurts ankle, uncertain for Game 5
Barangay Ginebra guard Sol Mercado was helped back into their locker room after the Gin Kings' PBA Governors' Cup Game 4 loss to Meralco.

Barangay Ginebra guard Sol Mercado sustained a left ankle sprain during the closing moments of the Gin Kings’ 83-85 loss to Meralco in Game 4 of the best-of-seven 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals series Friday night at the Big Dome.

Mercado hurt his ankle on a bad landing with just 20 seconds left in the game after a chasedown block on Jared Dillinger. The veteran guard was helped off the court as Ginebra suffered its second straight defeat that evened the series to 2-2.

Mercado was wheeled out of the venue and is expected to undergo further tests.

“You never know about sprained ankles until the next day. The swelling dictates what grade it is, one, two or three,” said Gin Kings coach Tim Cone of his ward, who only played for 12 minutes and was scoreless.

The Ginebra mentor has yet to find out if Mercado will be available for the pivotal Game 5 on Sunday at the Philippine Arena.

“If it's a grade, he'll get a chance to play but if it's two or three, he won't make it on Sunday,” said Cone.

Down 83-85 with just 47 seconds left after Meralco import Allen Durham nailed an under goal stab, the Gin Kings had two chances in their possession but Mercado and Justin Brownlee bricked their three-point attempts. Bolts guard Chris Newsome grabbed the defensive board and threw an outlet pass to an open Dillinger, who had a clear look at the basket.

Mercado came from behind for the denial but landed awkwardly and stayed on the floor in obvious pain while holding his ankle as he watched Brownlee miss a short floater as time expired.      

“Sayang that was a game-saving play by Sol but he got injured doing it,” said Cone. “So much effort but it got him injured.”

Mercado was the second player to go down with an injury after Meralco forward Ranidel De Ocampo was ruled out of the series due to a strained left calf muscle he suffered in Game 3 Wednesday.

 

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