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Co rues dwindling number of Mapua players due to injuries

As if Mapua’s roster couldn’t get any more depleted, coach Atoy Co had to face another wave of bad news as top guys Andoy Estrella and Leo Gabo fell to injuries prior to the Cardinals’ game against San Beda on Friday.

“Unfortunately, they got injured in our practice. Wala na nga akong players, nai-injure pa (I no longer have any players, and even the ones I have still get injured),” the PBA legend rued as his rotation dwindled down to just eight men.

Andoy Estrella. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net
Estrella has been the Cardinals’ leading scorer, averaging 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.5 assists, while Gabo, who was still able to play minimal minutes in the game, has been netting 10.8 markers, 3.2 boards, and 3.4 dimes.

Still in disbelief with the turn of events, Co shared that it was disastrous practice session on Thursday for his Mapua squad.

“Gabo got (his ankle) sprained when he landed in our scrimmage. Andoy inadvertently pushed one of his teammates and (Almel) Orquina landed on his knee. He didn’t hear any pop, but after that, he had a hard time walking,” he said.

Author: Randolph B. Leongson
Full Article: http://sports.inquirer.net/260016/co-rues-dwindling-number-mapua-players-due-injuries

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