PBA: Dillinger willing to "break leg" for Meralco win
Paul Lintag on Nov 07, 2018 07:49 PM
"You saw out there that I tried to go for a layup, but Iím pretty sure that I jumped two inches off the ground. So my legs arenít there yet, but my heart is there, my fighting spirit is there," Dillinger said.
Recovering from a quad injury, Jared Dillinger was only supposed to suit up for Meralco and not play at all in the Bolts' Governors' Cup quarterfinal match against the Phoenix Fuel Masters.
But then top forward Cliff Hodge went down and head coach Norman Black had no choice but to play Dillinger.
Dillinger played a shade over seven minutes and mainly guarded Calvin Abueva. He scored two points and committed five fouls.
Still, he earned praise from coach Norman.
"Actually, Jared was not going to play tonight. But Cliff went down with an injury and I had no choice, I was running out of players to guard Calvin Abueva," Black said.
"Now that I've seen that he can play, he will play more. He showed me that he can get out there and give me a few minutes so definitely he'll show up on Friday," he added.
For his part, Dillinger is welcoming the challenge.
While he's still adjusting since its his first game of the conference, Dillinger is willing to lay it all on the line in order for the Bolts to advance.
"You saw out there that I tried to go for a lay-up, but I’m pretty sure that I jumped two inches off the ground. So my legs aren’t there yet, but my heart is there, my fighting spirit is there," Dillinger said.
"So we got guys like Cliff breaking his back out there so I should break my legs if he’s going to break his back. We’ll do everything we can to get the win," he added.
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