MANILA, Philippines – Kevin Ferrer did something he had never done before: eat chocolate before a game.
While he enjoyed his two bars of sweets prior to the afternoon contest, it certainly did not feel good 22 minutes into the UST Growling Tigers' game against the FEU Tamaraws on Saturday, November 7 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The veteran swingman suffered palpitations in the midst of dropping 8 points in the third quarter and asked to be subbed out with 2:28 left in that period.
"I think I palpitated because of the chocolate I ate," a chuckling Ferrer explained in Filipino after the Tigers' 85-76 win over the Tamaraws in the men's basketball tournament of UAAP Season 78. "It was the first time I ate chocolate before a game. I probably was not used to it."
Ferrer retreated to the locker room to rest before returning to the game with 4:59 left in the fourth quarter.
"I'm okay," Ferrer gave his assurance. "I went inside the dugout to relax and I asked them to please hurry up my recovery because I wanted to get back into the game. I don't like not being there and battling with the team."
Ferrer, who said the palpitations came so suddenly, shot 3-for-8 from long range and finished with 21 points and 6 rebounds in over 31 minutes of play.
UST made do without its captain, leaning on the combined efforts of Karim Abdul, Ed Daquioag and Mario Bonleon to lead by as much as 13 at 78-65 before Ferrer's return.
With the win, the Tigers clinched at least a playoff for a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four and improved to a 10-3 record. The Tamaraws fell to 10-2. – Rappler.com