For about three or four seconds Monday night, Brighton forward Osa Masina had no idea a bone was protruding out of a finger on his left hand.
The junior had just crashed to the ground after fouling a Taylorsville player on a lay-up attempt, but he didn’t immediately know what had happened. He calmly picked himself up and walked to the lower blocks to get ready for the free throw attempt.
That’s when he looked at his finger.
Here’s a video replay of the injury.
With blood starting to drip to the floor, Masina showed the ref and calmly started to walk to the bench.
“It was a pretty gruesome scene,” said Brighton coach Jeff Gardner.
Masina was treated by trainers behind Brighton’s bench and then back in the locker room. He reportedly wanted the trainers to pop the bone back in so he could continue playing. Not long after he departed the Huntsman Center for the hospital.
The injury occurred at the 2:45 mark of the third quarter with Brighton leading 40-37.
“Osa Masina is not only a great athlete and great player, but the best kid in the world. Our heart goes out to him,” said Gardner. “The competitor he is and the kid he is, we’re really going to miss him, and we obviously miss him on the floor. Our heart goes out to him and hopefully he’s able to recover quickly.”
Assuming Masina doesn’t play with a big cast on his finger on Thursday in the quarterfinals against American Fork, junior Derek Devashrayee will start in his place according to Gardner.
Masina finished with eight points, three rebounds and two assists before the injury.