Ginebra’s Mercado to miss Game 5 of PBA Finals due to ankle injury

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04:08 PM October 21st, 2017

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By: Randolph B. Leongson, October 21st, 2017 04:08 PM

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Barangay Ginebra will miss a key cog in Sol Mercado in Game 5 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals set on Sunday at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

The Gin Kings and the Meralco Bolts eye a pivotal 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series.

“Sol will not play Sunday, so it’s next man up for us,” bared Ginebra coach Tim Cone on Saturday.

Mercado suffered a high grade left ankle sprain in the waning seconds of Ginebra’s 85-83 loss in Game 4 after landing awkwardly off his chasedown block on Jared Dillinger.

He was taken out of the venue in a wheelchair and was rushed to Cardinal Santos Medical Center.

Still, Cone remains upbeat and believes his wards are well equipped to survive the absence of Mercado in the al-important Game 5.

“It’s a best-of-3 now. Like in a game, we have lost our lead and now, we have to pick up our game. What’s done is done, we have to play from here. I have great faith in our players that we can regain control of the series. It should be an interesting game in Philippine Arena,” he said.

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