Torn ACL sidelines NLEX's Kevin Alas for 6 to 8 months

MANILA, Philippines – Kevin Alas' biggest nightmare just came to life.

Alas will be missing the rest of NLEX's best-of-7 semifinals series against the Magnolia Hotshots after injuring his right knee early in the Road Warriors' 78-87 Game 5 loss last March 18. 

According to Manila Bulletin's Waylon Galvez, renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raul Canlas diagnosed Alas' injury as a torn ACL.

Alas played for only 40 seconds into the first quarter of Game 5 before going down. He tried to return in the second half but realized he could not play anymore due to the pain. 

Like Magnolia's Marc Pingris, who also sustained the same injury in Game 1, the 26-year-old will be miss 6 to 8 months and will be sidelined for Game 6. 

The shifty guard averaged 9.75 points, 6.25 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.25 steals in the first 4 games. 

Without Alas, NLEX will try to extend the series to a rubber match as a loss would mean bidding goodbye to the last finals seat in the Philippine Cup.

Game 6 is on Tuesday, March 20, at the Araneta Coliseum. – Rappler.com 

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.

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