Hurting Hodge makes early return to energize Bolts

Paul Lintag on Jan 24, 2018 07:43 PM
Hurting Hodge makes early return to energize Bolts
Hodge played 19 energetic minutes in his first game back, making all four of his shots to finish with eight points on top of six rebounds and three assists.

After dealing with bone spurs, Cliff Hodge is still supposed to be out for another two, maybe three weeks.

But with Meralco's 2018 Philippine Cup campaign going nowhere fast, Cliff had to return ahead of schedule.

And he's feeling it all over his body.

"I'm pretty tired. But I'm happy that we got the win so that's all that matters," Hodge said Wednesday after the Bolts destroyed the Kia Picanto, 105-76.

Hodge played 19 energetic minutes in his first game back, making all four of his shots to finish with eight points on top of six rebounds and three assists.

His effort and hustle was a welcome addition for the Bolts who lost three straight games in the All-Filipino prior to the Kia game.

"Nobody's happier than me to see him back," head coach Norman Black said.

"I mentioned earlier about the lack of effort against TNT and we seemed to have a low energy level against TNT. We all know that’s all Cliff is about. He’s about energy and effort and probably just his presence really helped us a great deal tonight because he does give a lot of effort out there, particularly on the defensive end. And he’s a good team player so I’m happy to see him back," he added.

Cliff, who will see limited minutes until he's back to peak condition, says that he's just going to do what he can for the Bolts.

"I mean, I know that we needed some wins so I said if I can go up and down. I'm not 100 percent but I mean, I can go out there on defense. I just decided to come back and try and do whatever I can for my team," he said.

"It's going to be sore but as long as I can run up-and-down the court, I'm going to play as hard as I can," Hodge added.

 


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