UST's Kevin Ferrer. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – University of Santo Tomas (UST) swingman Kevin Ferrer is day-to-day after fracturing his left hand during practice last week, marking the latest blow for the Growling Tigers who have struggled in UAAP Season 77.
Ferrer did not play in UST's 55-66 setback against the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws on Saturday, which was the squad's fifth loss this season against four wins.
"Okay naman, day-to-day," Ferrer said after the game. "Tinitingnan naman ng doctor, so probably, sana, two weeks or two games 'yung mami-miss ko."
Ferrer said the accident happened Tuesday last week. "Aksidente lang naman eh, wala namang sisihan sa team," he said.
UST coach Bong dela Cruz also said it was a "freak accident." "Sumabit siya kay Paolo Pe during practice," he added. "So day-to-day. 'Yung healing, hinihintay lang namin. Hindi naman siya out for the season."
Without Ferrer, the Growling Tigers were never able to threaten against the Tamaraws, and Dela Cruz admitted that the lanky forward was a huge loss for their squad.
"Kevin Ferrer is Kevin Ferrer. Malaking tulong si Kevin, defensively and offensively, so kailangan may mag-step up talaga," said the coach, adding that he expects veterans Aljon Mariano and Ed Daquioag to carry more of the load with Ferrer out.
Ferrer, for his part, admitted that he is feeling down and wanted to play against FEU, but was advised against it.
He also guaranteed that he will return to play this season even if he continues to feel pain in his hand.
"Kahit konting sakit na lang to, or kahit may sakit pa, maglalaro ako para sa team," he said.
Ferrer also remains confident that the Growling Tigers can still make a late push for a Final Four squad despite their record.
"Andun pa rin naman 'yung chance," he said. "Meron pa namang chance kami, may tiwala naman ako sa team namin, so paghihirapan namin 'yun."