WOODROW Enriquez might be facing the end of his basketball career.
Enriquez, whose lightning quickness and on-court antics earned him several MVP titles, including the Conference 3 MVP, for the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños, is now praying that the MRI scan will not confirm the earlier diagnosed spinal column injury.
“Woodrow is recovering well but we have no knowledge yet on his injury. Last night the doctors said that it might be an injury in the spine but we don’t have the MRI results yet,” said M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala assistant coach Mike Reyes.
The entire Cebu Niños coaching staff, including Woodrow’s father Fredo, have no idea how bad the injury of the diminutive guard is.
Enriquez laid motionless for several minutes after he fell in an attempt to drive to the basket with 2:23 remaining in the third quarter in an exhibition match against Alaska Aces last Friday at the University of San Carlos Gym.
He left the court on a stretcher.
The Niños and the Aces were playing another exhibition match in Bogo City last night.
M. Lhuillier head coach Raul Alcoseba could not be reached for comment. Alcoseba earlier sent a text message to Sun.Star Cebu that his prized point guard is recovering from injuries.
Alcoseba did not elaborate.
According to Reyes, Enriquez’s injury could be likened to that of Eugene Tejada, whose bright basketball career ended when he fell hard on the floor in December 2008.
Tejada was paralyzed from the waist down.
“I just hope that it is not as serious as the injury of Tejada but usually when it involves a spine injury, it means the end of your career,” said Reyes.
The last time Enriquez was sidelined was during the pre-season tournament of the Liga Pilipinas Conference 1 when he dislocated his left arm and was sidelined in the entire elimination phase.