Meralco head coach Norman Black felt relief after learning that his son Aaron did not break any bone on his hand following further examination.
The 2020 Outstanding Rookie was suspected to have fractured his right hand after getting hurt two minutes into the Bolts’ Honda PBA Philippine Cup meeting with Terrafirma Thursday, but tests showed otherwise, per the veteran mentor.
The younger Black was sent to the league’s partner hospital, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Medical Center, to have the injured part checked.
“I just got word that he hurt his hand. He didn’t break it.
“I’m not sure how serious it is yet. He has to go to the hospital to get x-rays. So we’ll figure it out later. But at least it’s no broken bones,” said Black.
It was a tough break for a Meralco side that was already without leaders Chris Newsome and Cliff Hodge due to health and safety protocols, but it still managed to come out victorious by way of a 95-83 decision.
The Bolts, who are returning after missing last week’s action, improved to 6-2 and solidified their hold of the second spot of the standings.
Black lauded the efforts of guards Anjo Caram, Nards Pinto, and Trevis Jackson for a job well done in doing floor general chores.
Caram made 13 points and five assists on his way to being adjudged as the Best Player of the Game. Pinto had seven assists on top of his four points and four boards, as Jackson added five markers, two caroms, a dime, and a block.
“I’m really happy for Anjo stepping in and playing great for us today, and being the best player,” said Black.
“And even the other guards — Trevis Jackson and Nards Pinto did a good job at the point guard position. It’s nice to have the next man come up and play well,” the Grand Slam-winning mentor furthered.
Now, Black hopes that the 24-year-old — who was averaging 6.7 points and 3.3 rebounds prior — will be able to recover from his injury soon.
“Hopefully he’ll heal as quickly as possible.”