PBA: There’s a bit of clicking in my shoulder -- Walker
Mark Escarlote on Jun 08, 2018 08:48 PM
Been experiencing it since the first game. Kinda having a little soreness and just getting hit on repeatedly. I just didn’t want to risk it any further -- Henry Walker on injured left shoulder
Blackwater was left without a reinforcement after the first quarter.
The Elite managed to hold the fort for the next two periods with Henry Walker sitting at the bench.
Playing limp without their best scorer, Blackwater crumbled in the last 12 minutes of the match Friday to fall out of playoffs contention in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Walker left the game after the first quarter as the import sustained a left shoulder injury in the Elite’s 94-104 loss to quarterfinals-bound Rain or Shine at the Big Dome.
“My shoulder’s just a bit sore. There’s a bit of clicking in my shoulder whenever I try to shoot,” said Walker, who played for only seven and a half minutes. “Been trying to work through it. Today I was shooting before the game and the pain got so bad and I couldn’t help my team.”
Walker admitted that he’s been having problems with his shoulder since his first game of the conference in a loss to NLEX and decided not to risk aggravating it further.
“Been experiencing it since the first game. Kinda having a little soreness and just getting hit on repeatedly. I just didn’t want to risk it any further,” added Walker, whose only basket came from a driving layup with three seconds left in the first period that gave Blackwater a 28-25 lead.
The Elite bowed out of contention with a measly 1-8 win-loss record.
“We got a week so I’ll try to get some treatment,” said Walker. “Rest up and try to rehab. Strengthen the area around it and hopefully be ready for Friday.”
With their conference already a bust, Walker and the Elite just want to work on their game and prepare for the Governors’ Cup.
“They’re coming around. They’re realizing they have the ability to play with anybody in the PBA and they’re showing it,” he said. “It took them longer than normal but we’re building towards something. I think in the Govs Cup we’ll see all the hard work pay off.”
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