After spraining left ankle, Mendoza walking on his own

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 12, 2015 06:00 PM
After spraining left ankle, Mendoza walking on his own
FINGERS CROSSED. With almost a month-long break, there is a silver lining to Jolo Mendoza's injury.

Averaging more than 20 points in his first five outings in the 78th Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament, Jolo Mendoza didn’t appear in the scoring column in Ateneo de Manila High School’s biggest matchup to date on Saturday.

Against league-leading and reigning runners-up Nazareth School of National University, the King Blue Eaglet missed all seven of his field goals and both his free throws. While the Bullpups’ swarming D should be complemented, Mendoza’s scoreless outing also had a lot to do with the fact that he only played 15 minutes.

The reason? A bad fall after a fastbreak layup attempt in the second quarter which caused him to need the help of his teammates to get back to their bench. The senior guard was of course quickly attended to, even briefly returning in the final frame where he didn’t attempt a shot.

Mendoza was walking by his own power after the game, even if his left foot was heavily bandaged. “The doctors said ankle sprain, but we’ll still do x-rays,” he told ABS-CBN Sports.

As it turns out, the King Eaglet stepped on the foot of a Bullpup and heard a pop when he landed. “After it happened, I tried to put some some weight on (my foot) , pero sobrang sakit,” he shared.

The senior guard described the pain to be at nine on a scale of 1-10. Still, he assured the Ateneo faithful, “I’ll be okay.”

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