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Jack Corpuz still available for Game 4 after evading suspension

Jack Corpuz has been spared from a suspension amid the hard foul that led to Troy Rosario's injury. PBA Images (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Jack Corpuz will not be given a suspension by the PBA despite the bad fall that dislocated Troy Rosario's finger in Game 3 of the Philippine Cup Finals.

Corpuz was initially assessed with a Flagrant Foul Penalty 1 for fouling Rosario while going for a layup in the third quarter of their Sunday night showdown at the Don Honorio Ventura State University Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Corpuz, who incurred a technical foul earlier in the game, would be ejected from the playing area.

However, following a review of what happened in the said play, the PBA technical committee upgraded the call to Penalty 2.

Unlike the previous ruling on ejections, an FFP2 will no longer be equivalent to an automatic one-game ban, so Corpuz can still play for Magnolia in Game 4 against TNT on Wednesday night at the said arena.

Corpuz, however, will have to pay PHP20,000 as fine for the said infraction.

Aside from the broken left pinkie, Rosario also suffered a spinal shock during the bad fall, which led to a 70-percent sensation in his left leg.

Rosario is listed as doubtful for Game 4, which might leave a huge void in the Tropang Giga's power forward spot as they look to take a commanding 3-1 lead over the Hotshots in their 6 p.m. tip-off.

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