Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Chris Tiu Injury Updates
The former SMART-Gilas team captain, who was selected seventh overall by Rain or Shine, aggravated a nagging hamstring injury during a play in the second quarter.
Tiu saw action for a total of six minutes, finishing with two points on three attempts from the field and two assists.
His lone basket came at the 4:54 mark of the second period, and he had to leave the game several plays later as he could barely make a step.
“Bad trip nga eh. I thought OK na ako, pero nabigla ko yung galaw ko,” said Tiu, who had to content himself with watching his team on a television set in a separate room off the court. He was seated on a monobloc chair and could barely move his hips.
“I was so disappointed I couldn’t finish the game, but for me, basta manalo kami, OK lang.”
Tiu’s PBA debut was highly anticipated, drawing loud shrieks from female fans in the audience when he was inserted into the game by Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao. His fans cheered every time he touched the ball, egging on the popular player to make a move.
“I felt sorry for the fans, pero ganyan talaga basketball. I will work on my strengthening and hope I could get back the soonest possible time.”
Tiu joined the Elasto Painters’ practice three weeks before the opening of the new PBA season and saw action in two tuneup matches.
In a locker room report by Erika Padilla of AKTV, she mentioned that Tiu will likely be out for two to three games.
Charles Tiu, Chris’ younger brother and GlobalPort Batang Pier assistant coach, told InterAKTV that the 5-foot-11 guard suffered the injury during an alumni league game in Xavier School prior to joining the draft.
“With the extent of his injury, tingin ko baka umabot nga yan ng one month,” said the younger Tiu.