MANILA, Philippines – Adamson’s campaign in the UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament just suffered a huge blow after its top star Jerom Lastimosa dislocated his right foot in the Falcons’ last loss against UP, head coach Nash Racela confirmed on Saturday, November 5.
The 24-year-old guard joined fellow starter Vince Magbuhos on the shelf after the veteran forward suffered a right knee injury also against the Maroons, which eventually led to a sorry 91-70 blowout.
Both will understandably not play for UST this Saturday, 1 pm, but Racela hopes his wards can be back on the court sooner than later as Adamson is currently smack dab in the middle of a frantic Final Four race with a 3-5 record alongside the likes of UE, FEU, and La Salle.
“We’re hoping they could recover during the break. Both Jerom and Vince are big part of our offense and we’re praying for their speedy recovery,” he said before the UST game.
The league is set for a near two-week break to give way to the FIBA World Cup qualifying window.
Prior to his unfortunate injury, Lastimosa was shouldering a heavy offensive burden for the Falcons with averages of 17.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.5 assists, while Magbuhos was one of his key supporters with norms of 7.9 points, 5.3 boards, and 2.5 dimes.
Against the Growling Tigers and more than likely beyond, Racela will have to lean heavily on the likes of Lenda Douanga, Joem Sabandal, Joshua Yerro, and Joaquin Jaymalin to fill the huge void left by their two leaders. – Rappler.com