Chot Reyes says injuries won’t keep Castro, de Ocampo from playing

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Coach Chot Reyes. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Smart Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes expects key cogs Ranidel de Ocampo and Jayson Castro to suit up when the 27th FIBA-Asia Championship gets going on August 1.

De Ocampo and Castro both got hurt during the Nationals’ close win over Kazakhstan in a tuneup last Friday but Reyes gave an assurance that their foot injuries won’t hurdle them from playing before the hometown crowd.

“We were fortunate enough that the injuries to Ranidel and Jayson were not that serious,” said Reyes. “They practiced today, but they’re not yet a hundred percent.”

The explosive guard Castro had earlier said that there was ‘nothing to worry’ despite absorbing a hard fall before holding on to his foot late in the game.

De Ocampo, the versatile forward, on the other hand, wasn’t too confident on the status of his health that time.

“But then we still have a couple of days and hopefully with that time we can get them close to or near a hundred percent. They will play. I don’t think you can’t keep those guys from playing,” Reyes added.

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  • Tanong mo sa hotdog ni Aljur!

    Kaya pa yan, tiwala lang!! Pahinga din pag may time ;) ayos din..!! hahahaha.. nood muna kayo kuroko’s basketball sa ch.2 habang nagpapahinga

  • alexen2009

    Coach Chot: De Ocampo, the versatile forward, on the other hand, wasn’t too confident on the status of his health. “But then we still have a COUPLE OF DAYS and hopefully with that time we can get them close to or near a hundred percent. They will play. I don’t think you can’t keep those guys from playing,” Reyes added.
    -Playing is not the problem- Winning is! Slaughter for Ranidel. Am sure Ranidel will understand. $2,500.00 to substitute is nothing compared to total cost and best outcome. We need height underneath.

    • James Watdapak

      better to have an injured RDO than Slaughter

    • KanoKyosoke1

      slowter ? haha.. na belga nga si slowter.

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