PBA: Almazan vows strong return after injury cuts his Finals short
Paul Lintag on Jan 22, 2020 12:42 PM
(Photo by Richard Esguerra)
To start the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup Finals against Barangay Ginebra, Raymond Almazan was a key contributor for Meralco.
The Bolts finally got their big piece and he was producing big numbers.
But the series turned when Almazan hurt his knee in the first quarter of Game 3, which Meralco lost to give up a 2-1 lead.
Almazan, diagnosed with a lateral meniscal tear on his left knee, somehow started in Game 4 but the Bolts lost again. In Game 5, Raymond sat out and the Gin Kings rolled to another victory to take the title.
"Masakit talaga na di ako makatulong sa team ko," Almazan said.
"At the same time, ginagawa ko na lang din na motivation na makabalik na mas malakas and mas ready," he added.
Almazan will have surgery to repair his left knee and he vows to come back stronger for Meralco.
The Bolts move on to the All-Filipino, a known weakness, but with Almazan on deck, Meralco looks to string consecutive power conferences.
"I'll come back stronger na lang. Nangyari na eh, wala tayong pwedeng sisihin. Di ko na maibabalik yun. Di ko na maire-rewind," Raymond said.
"Fast forward na lang. Looking forward ako sa upcoming games sa All-Filipino at looking forward ako na mas malakas," Almazan added.
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