There is a possibility that Carl Tamayo will not suit up in Gilas Pilipinas’ rematch against Korea in the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers on Sunday, June 20 after hurting his ankle in their win over Indonesia.
Philippine head coach Tab Baldwin said the 6-foot-7 big man sustained a Grade 1 sprain as he left in the fourth quarter of their 76-51 blowout of Indonesia on Friday, June 18.
Tamayo stepped on the foot of Indonesian veteran Arki Dikania Wisnu with eight minutes left and winced in pain while lying on the floor.
He limped out of the court and did not return.
“[I]t is not overly serious. But he is in pain, he still feels pain in the ankle. It may be upgraded once examined further,” Baldwin said.
“I think certainly he won’t be active at all tomorrow, and whether he will be right for Sunday, I would say is not probable. But until the doctors give me more information, I don’t know.”
Prior to his exit against Indonesia, Tamayo hit back-to-back three-pointers that put the Philippines up for good, 59-38.
The 20-year-old Tamayo has risen to the occasion in his first two games for the seniors squad.
He put up 10 points in their 81-78 win against Korea on Wednesday, June 16 and chalked up 6 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals against Indonesia.
Tamayo joins a slew of injured Gilas Pilipinas players like Matt Nieto, Rey Suerte, and Dave Ildefonso. – Rappler.com