Raymond Almazan will return for Meralco’s all-important Game Five duel against Magnolia in the 2021 Honda PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Wednesday.
“Raymond will play tomorrow,” wrote head coach Norman Black in a short text message to Tiebreaker Times a day before the crucial tiff.
This is undeniably a welcome development for the Bolts, who are fighting for survival. Currently, they are down 1-3 in the race-to-four series.
The 6-foot-8 big man suffered a left ankle injury in Game Two last Wednesday, causing him to miss the next two matches.
His team managed to succeed in Game Three but could no longer repeat last Sunday, thus the precarious situation they are in right now.
This is now the second time in this conference that Meralco is in a win-or-go home situation. Back in the quarters, it got pushed to the brink by the no. 7 NLEX.
But then, the Bolts survived. And as per league stats chief Fidel Mangonon III, they are 4-1 since last year in do-or-die contests.
So, all eyes now turn to the MVP Group-owned ball club if it can live to fight another day in the match tipping off at 3:00 PM.