Rain or Shine is working double time to find a replacement import for the injured Denzel Bowles.
Garcia said he is keeping his fingers crossed that a replacement import will be able to arrive in time for the all-important game against Magnolia Ang Pambansang Manok on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
RoS coach Caloy Garcia confirmed on Sunday that Bowles hurt his knee so bad in the Elasto Painters' 86-84 win over the Alaska Aces on Saturday and can no longer continue to play in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
Bowles went down after colliding with Jeron Teng with 4:10 left in the second quarter. During the collision Bowles reportedly heard something crack in his knee.
Attending physicians at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center said Bowles had a medial meniscus tear and a small medial collateral ligament tear in his right knee.
The latest development put the E-Painters' playoff bid in jeopardy.
The Elasto Painters are tied with the Phoenix Fuel Masters at sixth spot with 4-5 (win-lost) mark and are hard pressed to win their last two assignments. They wind up their elimination round campaign against scrambling San Miguel on Saturday in Cagayan de Oro.
The 30-year-old Bowles was averaged 28.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.3 blocks in nine games in the eliminations. (JT)