Ailing Gab Banal taken to hospital after Bacoor’s loss to Pampanga

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Sometimes, bravery has a price.

Gab Banal of the Bacoor Strikers suited up and saw action for the Bacoor Strikers Thursday against the Pampanga Giant Lanterns in Bacolod City despite nursing a fever.

That cost the reigning Most Valuable Player his health condition as he had to be brought in straight to the hospital when they returned to Manila the next day.

Team owner Chaye Cabal-Revilla, wife of Congressman Strike Revilla, confirmed the news to FOX Sports Philippines.

“He is still confined at the Makati Medical Center,” wrote Ms. Revilla in a Viber message. “He was tested positive for dengue and his fever is still high.”

On the eve of Bacoor’s game against Pampanga, Banal had already experienced fever, according to Ms. Revilla, but instead of resting, the son of former PBA player and multi-titled coach Joel Banal, decided to play on.

Ms. Revilla added that Banal didn’t know where did the player get the dengue, but the Striker forward was already experiencing high fever which reached 39.0 °C  during their game against Pampanga

“Sobrang professional si Gab,” added Ms. Revilla. “He should have not played na in Bacolod. But he just shrugged it off and he wanted to play pa din.”