Big blow for UST as Bonleon out for UAAP Season 79 due to wrist injury

After suffering its worst defeat at the hands of the De La Salle University on Wednesday, host University of Santo Tomas took another blow when it losing guard Mario “Embons” Bonleon for the rest of the UAAP season due to an aggravated left wrist injury.

No less than Bonleon broke the bad news to FOX Sports on Thursday.

“Out of the season na,” he confirmed in a text message.

Bonleon admitted he concealed the injury from the UST coaching staff last summer as he opted to play it through Season 79.

“Gusto ko talaga maglaro kaya ko ni-risk. Tinago ko yung injury ko. Di ko sinabi na ganon kalala. Sinabi ko therapy lang pero di na mahi-heal sa therapy lang,” he said.

“Di ako nakinig sa doctor. Dapat nung off season pa lang, papa-opera na ako. Personal decision ko yung maglaro kahit delikado kasi excited ako na may bagong coach,” explained the former national youth standout.

Bonleon said the injury has been there for the last three years, but he chose to ignore it because he is already “accustomed” to it.

“Kasi sa probinsya sanay ako na di mag-reklamo sa kahit anong sakit. Nagka-time lang kasi ako magpa-check nung off season, nung wala pang coach,” he added.

His decision to hide it proved fatal though, as his condition worsened just three games through the new season.

“Pero dapat ipa-opera ko na daw kasi malala na talaga. Tapos yun, natamaan yesterday. Di ko na kinaya talaga. Hiwalay na yung buto ko sa scaphoid. Hindi lang siya fracture, non-union pa.”

In medical term, a scaphoid fracture is a break in one of the small bones of the wrist. Average healing time would normally be between three to four months.

Bonleon has expressed his regret over the misfortune under new coach Boy Sablan, while the Growling Tigers are still adjusting to the departure of veteran stars Kevin Ferrer and Ed Daquioag.

“Nanghihinayang ako kasi sana pina-check ko to before nung nasa team B pa ako. Umiiyak nga ako ng sobra ngayon eh. Parang gumuho mundo ko,” he said.

The Growling Tigers fell to 1-2 after getting bludgeoned by the Green Archers, 100-62. – John Chester Fajardo

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