Cone crosses finger as Caguioa rushed to hospital after complaining of neck pain

ANTIPOLO — Ginebra head coach Tim Cone hopes veteran guard Mark Caguioa is in fine condition after a freak accident cut his Sunday night stint short against Meralco.

Caguioa was inadvertently kneed at the back of his head in the second quarter and was rushed immediately to Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan, according to team manager Rayboy Rodriguez.

“He had a whiplash but we haven’t heard anything, we know that he’s at the ER (Emergency Room) and being checked out right now,” Cone told FOX Sports. “He was complaining about neck pain when he left.”

Caguioa posted an update on his Instagram as he underwent an MRI.

The Gin Kings managed to hold on without “The Spark” as they escaped the Bolts in a thrilling 90-89 victory in front of a jampacked Ynares Center. The latest setback for the veteran superstar, who’s been the face of Ginebra the last decade, came on the heels of a throwback performance in their last win over Blackwater, where he scored eight points that stabilized the Kings at the height of the Elite rally in the second half.

Cone, though, crosses his fingers that Caguioa got no serious injury as they are just a game away from the quarterfinal round.

“Hopefully, it’s not that serious, hopefully he will be back in a day or two, whenever he settles down,” he said. “Hopefully it’s just a stiff neck or something but again we don’t know that until we find out.”

After all, the Gin Kings already misses Caguioa’s backcourt partner Jayjay Helterbrand due to a groin injury.

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