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Fingers crossed for Magnolia as import Nick Rakocevic hurts knee

Delfin Dioquino
Fingers crossed for Magnolia as import Nick Rakocevic hurts knee

HORROR SIGHT. Magnolia import Nick Rakocevic injures his right knee after an accidental collision with teammate Jackson Corpuz.

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Nick Rakocevic has been a solid import as Magnolia remains unbeaten, almost averaging 30 points and 20 rebounds per game

MANILA, Philippines – Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero can only hope for the best after import Nick Rakocevic went down with a knee injury.

Rakocevic left midway through the fourth quarter of their 94-92 win over TNT in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday, October 5, following an accidental collision with teammate Jackson Corpuz.

Pushed by Roger Pogoy, Corpuz fell and crashed on the right knee of Rakocevic, who never returned.

“We pray that it is just a minor injury, and hopefully, we can be with him longer,” said Victolero in a mix of Filipino and English.

“We’re happy that we won, but at the same time, we’re sad. We’re hoping that Nick comes back because he fits well with our system. It is hard to find another import.”

Rakocevic has been a solid reinforcement as the Hotshots remain undefeated in three games, averaging 29.3 points, 21.3 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, and 1 steal.

The Serbian big man came out with guns blazing in his PBA debut and erupted for 45 points and 25 rebounds in a dominant win over Terrafirma.

Despite his abrupt exit against the Tropang Giga, Rakocevic still put up 22 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal.

Albeit hobbling, Rakocevic managed to walk on his own as he headed for the exit at the Araneta Coliseum.

He will undergo an MRI scan on Thursday.

“If there is nothing wrong, I’m going to do the treatment, I’m going to do everything necessary to get back and to play next week,” Rakocevic said.

Rakocevic will get ample time to rest before Magnolia tangles with fellow unbeaten team NLEX on October 12 at the same venue. – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.