NLEX’s Kevin Alas tears ACL anew

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NLEX Road Warriors’ Kevin Alas grimaces in pain after injuring his knee during their game against Meralco Bolts. ABS-CBN SPORTS

MANILA – NLEX Road Warriors guard Kevin Alas’ return to the hard court proved to be short-lived as he was out of commission anew after sustaining the same anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury on his right knee.

In a statement on Monday evening, the Road Warriors said the former Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights standout will be out for several months after sustaining the same injury he had a year ago.

“We regret to inform the public that Kevin Alas sustained an ACL injury on his right knee during our February 2 game against the Meralco Bolts,” the Road Warriors said. “Our medical team is set to confirm the extent of the injury through MRI results on Tuesday.”

Alas sustained the knee injury in a rebound play during Road Warriors’ 87-83 win over Meralco Bolts in the 2019 Honda PBA Philippine Cup on Saturday night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

After the bad fall, Alas tried to continue playing but was eventually checked out by Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao with over two minutes left in the match and have his knee iced.

“I admit this is very depressing and frustrating because I worked my ass off for the past 10 months just to be healthy and to be at my peak shape. I even did all I could to prevent this from happening again,” Alas said.

He added: “This is a tough situation for me, but tough times don’t last. This will only make me more resilient and stronger. I honestly don’t know the plans of God for me but I trust our Lord God Almighty that he is preparing me for something greater and bigger.”

The former Gilas Pilipinas guard first sustained an ACL injury on his right knee during the Game 5 of the 2018 Philippine Cup semifinals against Magnolia Hotshots also at the Ynares Center./PN

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