Every year thousands of former college basketball players venture overseas to play professional basketball in hopes of competing at the highest level and growing their game to the next level -- former Valparaiso University guard Erik Buggs is one of those guys. After two seasons playing in Switzerland, Buggs will spend the 2015-16 season with U. Catolatica in Santiago, Chile, where he'll take you inside his life on and off of the court in pro basketball with his blog, "Inside My Pro Basketball Life"...
This has been a crazy couple of weeks for me and the team.
Things have been very eventful. Just to update you were we are at 5-5 right now and currently tied for 4th in the league. A lot of things have gone wrong for us lately but we are still fighting and as I have mentioned before, we have put ourselves in a good position.
We had dropped the last couple of games and two were games I believe we should not have lost. During that crazy couple of games, both of our import players injured themselves. In the game vs Valdivia -- one of the tougher games during the season, especially at their place -- we found ourselves up and seizing control of the game for the final stretch. In one play the tide of the game changed! Jordan Clarke, our leading scorer and other import, stole the ball and was headed for what seemingly looked like a routine fast break when he made a move to avoid a defender and rolled his ankle on top of itself. We knew things were bad when Jordan just laid there clutching his ankle and things confirmed themselves when he had to be helped over to the bench.
Valdivia took control of the game towards the end and claimed the victory.
As if that wasn't enough, we were preparing for our game vs Puerto Varas and had our minds set that we were coming into this game and leaving with a split for the road trip.
True to our word, we had started the game off great with myself scoring the first 7 points. As if this were a bad movie, I go to fake my defender and succeed when I am tripped and catch myself to brace the fall. I've done this same thing 1000 times so after the ref calls the foul I begin to dribble the ball with my left hand when I noticed something was different. The adrenaline wore off and I noticed that my pinky finger was shifted into a weird position and that's when I knew my finger had broken.
The rest of the game I played well despite the injury and finished with 14 points and 4 steals but my shooting was awkward and it wasn't enough to help the team win. Things just looked very bleak for our team with two losses back to back but most importantly, the two imports and stat leaders injured with what could be season ending injuries!
We returned back to Santiago the next day and I immediately went to the doctor with Jordan to do a series of tests to determine the extent of the injuries. I knew things were bad for me when I woke up and my pinky resembled my thumb! The X-rays revealed what I had already known, there in my pinky rest a fracture! Luckily enough for me my fracture does not require surgery and I can play still. Playing on it is risky but as long as I can keep it "buddy taped" to my ring finger, I can continue to play!
Last game I not only played but played well! I finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 steals! I was awarded the player of the game and people all around Santiago are talking about the game and me playing with the fracture. It was a huge win for us and I think it may be the boost we need!
As always I would like to thank you guys for reading!! Until next time!
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