PBA: Aces await extent of Baclao’s injury
Mark Escarlote on Sep 20, 2019 09:47 PM
Really saddened by Noy. We never want anyone to get hurt but right now until we see the MRI we don’t know exactly what’s happening with his knee -- Alaska coach Jeffrey Cariaso
Alaska forward Nonoy Baclao hurt his right knee early in the fourth quarter and was stretchered off the court Friday in the Aces 2019 PBA Governors' Cup opener against Columbian Dyip.
But despite the looming possibility of missing a player early in his foray as Aces coach, Jeffrey Cariaso is hoping for the best.
“Really saddened by Noy. We never want anyone to get hurt but right now until we see the MRI we don’t know exactly what’s happening with his knee,” said the former Alaska player, who replaced Alex Compton as bench tactician.
Baclao went down after hurting his right knee following a collision with Columbian’s Andreas Cahilig with Alaska trailing, 83-95, with 11:02 left. Baclao was stretchered off court for a suspected patella tendon rupture.
“Ang alam nating sigurado is he hurt his knee bad,” said Cariaso. “So to what extent, what exactly did he injure, we'll find out tomorrow [Saturday].”
Baclao was brought to the hospital after the Aces’ 110-117 loss to Columbian for further medical check.
“I’m praying that it’s not bad. But it looked bad and it felt bad. We've seen a lot of knee injuries in the past, so we can already assume what it could be,” said Cariaso. “Pero like I said until we see the MRI we'll be sure. We're not sure yet.”
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