FIBA: Gilas not giving up on injured Marcio Lassiter

Paul Lintag on Jul 26, 2019 05:43 PM
FIBA: Gilas not giving up on injured Marcio Lassiter
Lassiter injured his left knee Wednesday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals against Northport. Official diagnosis is that Marcio has an MCL sprain.

The injury to San Miguel’s Marcio Lassiter was a critical blow to the preparations of Gilas Pilipinas for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Lassiter injured his left knee Wednesday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals against Northport. Official diagnosis is that Marcio has an MCL sprain.

He’s expected to be out for six weeks.

Still, Gilas Pilipinas is not giving up on Lassiter and despite his injury, there’s no immediate move to add another player to the national team’s current 19-man pool.

“As of now, in consultation with our coaching staff and SBP, we have not decided to add anybody,” head coach Yeng Guiao said.

“Actually, we’re still not giving up on Marcio. I was informed that it could take around six weeks for him to get back. We’re hoping that there’s a minor miracle that he can get back in 3-4 weeks to give him enough time to be with us,” he added.

With or without Lassiter, the preparations continue for Gilas Pilipinas.

However, the hope is that Marcio will be healthy enough to join the national team for the World Cup in China. The Philippines will play its first game on Aug. 31 against Italy in Foshan.

“We are already preparing a contingency plan just in case. We’re very disappointed that this thing happened because Marcio is a key member of the team,” Guiao said.

“It’s a big loss but we’ll find ways to make up for it. Matthew Wright is there, the rest of the team is there. We’ll just find ways to step up,” Coach Yeng added.

 

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