UAAP: Disappointing debut for Green Archers' 6-8 reinforcement

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 09, 2018 04:18 PM
UAAP: Disappointing debut for Archers' 6-8 reinforcement
Taane Samuel's debut for La Salle was cut short due to injury

Kiwi Taane Samuel had, without a doubt, big shoes to fill as De La Salle University’s new foreign student-athlete after two-time MVP Ben Mbala.

Samuel’s first step in doing just that, however, ended in a stumble as he only played five minutes due to injury on Saturday. He wound up with two points and two rebounds.

Asking about what happened, the 19-year-old answered, “I can’t really explain it. I just landed on someone’s foot just two minutes into the second quarter.”

He then continued, “I’m in a lot of pain right now.”

As it turns out, the aftermath of what happened may be even worse as just a week before the season started, Samuel was already nursing a left foot injury. “May stress fracture (na siya) e. At first, I took a chance kasi okay naman siya sa mga practices namin then ayun, talagang bumigay na kanina,” head coach Louie Gonzalez said.

The first-year big man will now head to the hospital to have his left foot checked out.

All in all, he himself admitted that he just had for himself a disappointing debut. “Very disappointing. We’ve been working hard these past few months and it was so early in the game,” he shared.

He then continued, “It hurts man, but it is what it is.”

One thing’s for sure, though – Samuel said he will only continue working. “It’s not going to slow anything down. Gotta keep pushing through,” he expressed.

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