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Allein Maliksi looks to recover just in time for Meralco’s playoffs



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Allein Maliksi did not see action in Meralco’s final elimination round game of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup versus Rain or Shine on Sunday evening, thanks to a sprained shoulder.

The 6-foot-4 gunslinger said that he sustained the injury during the Bolts’ 103-89 victory over NorthPort last November 10, when he collided with Batang Pier forward Kevin Ferrer.

“Last game against NorthPort. Pag-drive ko, bangaan shoulder namin ni Kevin Ferrer. Right after the game, dun ko lang siya naramdaman,” said Maliksi, who had six points and four rebounds in that win.

Maliksi was on the sidelines with the Orangemen when it went head-to-head with the Elasto Painters. He could only watch helplessly as his team absorbed a narrow 83-81 defeat.

“Siyempre malaking bagay sa akin kung nakalaro ako. At least kahit papano, nakatulong,” the eight-year pro said.

“Pero maganda namin nilaro ng team eh. Breaks of the game lang.”

The loss had little impact on Meralco, though, as it already has a twice-to-beat edge for the quarterfinals.

Maliksi has no idea yet when will he come back. But since the quarters is expected to commence later this week, the 30-year-old hopes that he can recover during the time in between.

“Buti na lang din medyo may space na makaka-recover ako. Hopefully maka-recover kaagad para makatulong sa team.”

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