PBA: The curious case of Alex Stepheson’s bum stomach part 2

Paul Lintag on Jun 14, 2019 07:47 PM
PBA: The curious case of Alex Stepheson’s bum stomach part 2
Alex Stepheson missed the Beermen game as he had to quickly fly back to the United States to have a developing stomach ailment checked out by his personal doctor.

Blackwater missed its “perfect” import Friday in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, going All-Filipino against San Miguel Beer.

Alex Stepheson missed the Beermen game as he had to quickly fly back to the United States to have a developing stomach ailment checked out by his personal doctor.

Without the hulking Stepheson, the Elite promptly took a beating at the hands of San Miguel, dropping to 5-2 following a loss.

Fortunately, Stepheson’s absence should be a one-time occurence as he’s supposedly set to be back in Manila next week in time for Blackwater’s crucial game against Northport.

“May health problems siya right now and he's being checked,” head coach Aris Dimaunahan said of Stepheson.

“So hopefully, in the next coming days, he gets his health back and help the team again,” he added.

Stepheson has some history dealing with stomach problems as it also bothered him during his first PBA stint with Meralco two years ago.

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A key piece in Blackwater’s current run in the Commissioner’s Cup, Dimaunahan is just hoping that his import can get his health and condition back up.

“Hats off to the guy sa ganoon na condition niya he still played the way he did sa first six games namin, he’s still a monster,” Dimaunahan said.

“Hopefully maging okay na siya and maka-balik siya rito to help our team,” he added.

Stepheson remins Blackwater’s top priority as the team has not discussed possible back up plans just yet in case there’s a setback in Alex’s recovery.

“As of now, wala pa kaming napagmi-meeting-an kasi all of a sudden yun eh. We still have to talk amongst ourselves kung anong magiging next plan namin,” Dimaunahan said.

Stepheson is going for 22.1 points, 22 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks with the Elite this season.

 

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