The team doctor says Glen Yang is out Game 4 with a sprained ankle
Bay Area team doctor Irving Bernardo is now dealing with two injured key Dragons players after starting point guard Glen Yang severely sprained his right ankle in the dying minutes of Game Four, which they won, 92-84 over Barangay Ginebra.
The 6-2 Yang contributed 18 points, four rebounds, the same number of assists and two steals in the Bay Area win that shocked Ginebra and its legion of fans. What made it more convincing was that the team did it without Canadian import Andrew Nicholson, who was down with a left ankle injury.
But on Sunday night, coach Brian Goorjian didn’t bother fielding the former Calgary Cougar standout because of a sprained ankle, leaving the Bay Area without its top two players.
“He (Yang) sprained it badly in the last minutes of the last match. We are monitoring his recovery and response to treatment daily. Hopefully he will recover quickly,” Dr. Bernardo told the Manila Times.
“We are working tirelessly to get these guys back into shape,” he added.
Without Nicholson and now Yang, Ginebra pounced on the opportunity this time as the Gin Kings hacked out a 101-91 triumph to move within one win away from capturing the 2022-23 Commissioner’s Cup title.
With two days to rehabilitate their respective injuries, Bay Area is crossing its fingers, hoping Nicholson and Yang can rejoin the team as the Dragons try to win on Wednesday to force a sudden death Game Seven.
Game seven, if necessary, will be played on Friday the 13th. January at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
“It’s a chance for both of them (to play on Wednesday), we’re working really hard and were hoping we’d get those two back,” Goorjian said.
At this point, given the treatment Nicholson has received, the current Australia basketball coach said the likelihood of seeing the Canadian play is “50-50.”
But Yang, he added, is at “75-25,” while emphasizing the playmaker’s value to the team because of his ability to deliver under pressure.
“And really for our team and the way they’re put together, Glen is valuable because that piece tonight when the pressure is on, again on the offensive end trying to get a good shot and going through our stuff and missing him, it’s noticeable from the coach’s point of view,” he added.
The 6-foot-9 Nicholson averaged 26.67 points and 17 rebounds over the first three games of the finals before going down with the ankle injury.
On the other hand, Yang averaged 10.5 points, 5.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds in his first four games of the title series.