Even a scary fall could not keep Batiller down

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 13, 2016 09:04 PM
Even a scary fall could not keep Batiller down
STAND UP EIGHT. Bonbon Batiller surprised just about everybody by still playing after suffering a scary fall.

Bonbon Batiller’s fall did not look good.



Colliding with the University of the Philippines’ Paul Desiderio during a layup attempt in the second quarter on Sunday, the University of the East sophomore had his right hip meet the Araneta Coliseum floor hard.

Batiller’s body seemed to agree that it did not look good as he was unable to get up. He stayed lying down on the court for more than a few moments before being stretchered into the locker room.

Checked inside the locker room, things also weren’t looking good for the 22-year-old as all he was able to say then was, “Aray.”



Post-game, Batiller confirmed that not only did his fall not look good, it also did not feel good. “Pagbagsak, parang kaya pa, pero nung isang minute na akong nakahiga, sobang sakit na, ‘di ko na magalaw paa ko,” he shared.

After the halftime dugout, however, General Santos native was back on the sidelines and was sent into action once more. He wound up with 14 points, all while helping the Red Warriors get the better of the Maroons.

Asked what changed from the time he was on the stretcher to the time he was back on the floor, Batiller answered, “Masakit pa, pero tiniis ko lang. Gusto ko lang talagang makatulong sa team para manalo kami kasi wala talaga e, sobrang down kami sa season na ‘to.”

The UE guard went on to say that he had to do a little convincing for the team doctors to clear him again. “Sabi ng doctor, kung kaya ko raw, kung masakit. Sabi ko, meron, pero kaya,” he said.

He then continued, “Buti pinayagan ako ng doctor na makabalik.”

Batiller was quick to admit, however, that he’s still very much in pain. “Meron pang sakit, lalo sa may baiwang. Baka mag-ospital ako mamaya,” he said.


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