TERRIFIC 12: Howell doubtful for iECO's next game due to knee injury
Paul Lintag on Sep 19, 2018 12:18 AM
Howell injured his left knee three and a half minutes into iECO's Tuesday loss to the Ryukyu Golden Kings at the Studio City Event Center in Macau. (ABS-CBN News File Photo)
MACAU --- Top import Richard Howell will be doubtful for iECO once the Green Warriors return to action in the Terrific 12 Thursday against the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.
Howell injured his left knee three and a half minutes into iECO's Tuesday loss to the Ryukyu Golden Kings at the Studio City Event Center here.
The former PBA Best Import was going for a block in transition when he slipped and hurt his knee.
He was stretchered out of the court but he later returned to the iECO bench in the second half to finish watching the game.
"I pray that he can play but it's not only his knee, it's his knee and his ankle. He can't put any weight on his left foot," iECO head coach Ariel Vanguardia said of Howell.
"We hope it's nothing serious, this is a short tournament and he's got a good career ahead of him. He's gonna play for Israel in FIBA so I wish him all the best," he added.
The Green Warriors simply fell apart the moment Howell went down early in the opening period.
iECo gave up 17 straight points to start the game, trailed by as many as 35, and ended up losing by 28 to Japan's Ryukyu Golden Kings.
"We lost our heart and soul whic is really Rich Howell," Vanguardia said.
"We pray for him that his injury is not that serious," he added.
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