Just when things are looking up for NLEX guard Kevin Alas, a bleak development unfolded during the opening seconds of Game 5 of the team’s semifinal match with the Magnolia Hotshots.
Alas was about to take it strong to the hoop against Mark Barroca and Paul Lee when he suddenly fell down and grimaced in pain while clutching his knee.
The 26-year old son of Phoenix head coach Louie Alas later admitted that he felt his knee “lock and buckle” as he was about to make a move towards the basket. He wasn’t able to return to the game which NLEX lost, 87-78, to fall behind 2-3 in the series.
An initial diagnosis of a possible ACL tear was made after the young Alas had a check-up with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. George Canlas Monday morning. Additional tests, including an MRI, will be performed this afternoon for further analysis.
If the findings are positive, the 4th year pro could be out for as long as 8 months.
Alas’ injury is big blow to the Road Warriors’ campaign in the ongoing 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. He is currently averaging 9.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in the first 4 games of the semis.