MANILA - With the 2020 Chooks-to-GO MPBL Lakan Season Division Finals on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Davao Occidental-Cocolife's main man, Mark Yee, is putting all of his free time to good use.
Yee was initially diagnosed with a torn plantaris muscle in his right knee due to a collision in Game 2 of their quarterfinals match-up against Bicol last February 21. MRI results later revealed that the 38-year-old suffered a partial tear of his anterior cruciate ligament, as well as a torn calf.
Despite the injuries, Yee battled through the pain and suited up in four of Davao Occidental's last five playoff games.
With Luzon placed under enhanced community quarantine due to the pandemic, Yee is getting extra time to work out, and he hopes to be at 100% when their Division Finals against Basilan-Jumbo Plastic resume.
"Sobrang malaking bagay 'to para sa akin, kasi makakapag-rehab ako kahit sa bahay at makakapaghanda para sa game," said Yee. "Bahay lang talaga, kaunting papawis."
"Sa ngayon, ang iniisip ko sana matapos muna 'tong COVID virus, dasal lang saka tiwala kay God talaga," he added. "Pinagaling ako ni God, pero masaya na malungkot ako dahil sa quarantine."
"Siyempre, masaya kasi may time ako makapag-workout at makapaghanda para sa Game 3, pero malungkot kasi maraming mga tao 'yung naapektuhan at 'di makapagtrabaho."
Even as the future of the Lakan playoffs is uncertain, Yee says the Tigers need to brace for every possible scenario -- including a win-or-go-home Game 3.
"Walang nakakalaman eh," he noted. "Kahit home court namin or nasa amin 'yung momentum, kailangan namin pag-trabahuhan nang maigi, para makuha namin 'yung panalo."
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