High-flying wingman Chris Ellis’ first game against his former team Barangay Ginebra might have to wait a little longer.
The 6-foot-4 Ellis has been confined at Delos Santos Medical Center in E. Rodriguez, Quezon City since Monday due to severe dehydration.
The sixth overall pick of Ginebra in the 2012 PBA Rookie Draft posted several tweets to reveal his status.
Blackwater team manager Johnson Martinez said the 2013 PBA Slam Dunk king practiced with the Elite on Monday morning, but has since been downed by dehydration, forcing them to confine him at the hospital.
“Na-dehydrate and nag-severe cramps siya after practice kaya pinasok na namin siya sa hospital sa Delos Santos,” Martinez told FOX Sports on Thursday.
The Blackwater team official said Ellis came 2 hours earlier than the team’s 9 a.m. practice on Monday at the SGS gym in Araneta Avenue. Quezon City and began working on his outside shooting.
Blackwater team consultant Vince Hizon even posted a photo of him with Ellis and Dave Marcelo during their Monday morning practice via his official Twitter account @VinceHizon12.
Martinez said the 28-year-old Ellis also had an excellent first day of practice since Ginebra traded him and Marcelo for Arth Dela Cruz and backup big man Raymond Aguilar last week.
“Okay naman yung practice niya, pukpok nga siya, so siguro, na-sobrahan lang dahil ang aga niya for practice. I think mga 7 a.m. ata nandito na siya nagsu-shooting. Excited,” explained Martinez.
Ellis will be discharged from the hospital on Thursday lunch time, but as far as playing against the Kings are concerned this Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena, that all depends on the athletic guard/forward.
“I will ask him if he wants to warm up. Depende na sa kanya at depende din kung ano sasabihin ng doctor niya,” he said.
The Elite are currently at eighth spot in the standings with their even 4-4-record, but will come into the game as the underdogs against a Kings squad that has won its last six games to lead the Governors’ Cup with its 6-1 record.
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Photo taken from Vince Hizon’s official Twitter account