MANILA, Philippines – Chris Tiu now probably knows how it feels to get hit by the Pambansang Kamao.
Tiu was left bloodied due to a busted lip after getting hit by GlobalPort import Malcolm White in the face with 6:50 minutes remaining in Rain or Shine's 96-90 triumph on Sunday, May 20.
"It's been the worst, the hardest hit I've ever gotten in my basketball career. I lost consciousness maybe two seconds ano, parang na-Pacquiao ako e, parang nasapak ako ni Manny," Tiu told reporters after the game.
(It's been the worst, the hardest hit I've ever gotten in my basketball career. I lost consciousness for maybe two seconds. It was like I was punched by Manny Pacquiao.)
The veteran guard lied down on the court for a few seconds and was seen spitting blood before he returned to the bench.
Hurt and all, Tiu said he did not once think of sitting out the rest of the game, noting that helping Rain or Shine beat White and the Batang Pier would be the sweetest of any kind of revenge.
Busted lip and all, Chris Tiu finishes the game and helps Rain or Shina top GlobalPort, 96-90, despite a hit to the face from Malcolm White that left him bloodied. “Parang nasapak ako ni Pacquiao,” he says. #PBA2018 || via @dioquinodelfin pic.twitter.com/pfYXhZnqat — Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) May 20, 2018
And help the Elasto Painters, Tiu did.
Subbing in for Maverick Ahanmisi, who was thrown out of the game after a near-scuffle with Kelly Nabong, Tiu scored 5 big points in the final 3 minutes, highlighted by a triple that gave Rain or Shine a 9-point lead with 1:14 minutes left.
He finished with 10 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds and the Player of the Game citation to boot.
"Going to the hospital would not give me a chance to get back at him or them, with the way they played. I think the best way was just to win the game. I'm glad we pulled through."
Rain or Shine, which is currently at the top of the standings with a 5-1 card, seeks to make it 3 wins in a row when it faces the Magnolia Hotshots on June 2 at the Araneta Coliseum.
With a two week break due to the All-Star Week, Tiu looks to recover from his busted lip as he gets patched up.
"I'm just happy na hindi natanggal ngipin ko or nabasag ilong ko (that I did not break my teeth or nose). It's more of the gum, I have to get it stitched up right after this." – Rappler.com
Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.