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PBA: Global’s J-Wash sits and waits

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Globalport veteran forward Anthony Jay Washington sat from behind the bench as the Batang Pier dropped another close game – this time a 105-102 overtime defeat to the Star Hotshots – in the PBA Governors’ Cup.

Washington is recovering from a strained right calf muscle he sustained during one of the team’s practice sessions in preparation for the season-ending conference, and the versatile Fil-Am didn’t hide his disappointment at being helpless.

“It’s just really frustrating,” said the 6-foot-7 Washington following the Globalport game Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. “After all the pre-season (preparation) and everything… it was just a freak accident in practice.”

“I got kneed in the calf really bad (by new teammate Ronald Pascual),” said Washington. “I was just standing in the lane and he came running through the lane and just boom, just right in the calf and I went down.”

“I couldn’t walk like three days on it. That’s how pretty bad it is,” he said.

Despite not being able to put weight on the injured leg, Washington said Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test showed no tear, “just a normal contusion” and he will be ready to play in Globalport’s game against newcomer Phoenix on Sunday at the Big Dome.