Nov 21, 2023

Road Warriors face adversity as Alas is hit by ACL tear a third time

THE NLEX Road Warriors have another major adjustments to make and a mountain to climb with ace guard Kevin Alas found to have suffered an ACL tear - yet again.

It's the third such an injury for Alas, and the Road Warriors will be again missing the Gilas player starting in their face-off versus the NorthPort Batang Pier on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The opening tip is at 8 p.m.

"May plano si God," said Alas, keeping his faith despite another mishap interfering with a good run in his career.

"Pinaglaro ka lang sa Asian Games at pinasama sa gold-medal run," one senior sportswriter said in a chat with Alas.

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"Okay lang. May plano ang Diyos," Alas insisted.

He's to undergo operation in December after the swelling around the injured knee has subsided. And it would be a wait again of 10 to 12 months before he can get back into action.

He's done for PBA Season 48 Commissioner's Cup where the Road Warriors currently stand at 1-2 with losses to the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters and Terrafirma Dyip and a reversal versus the San Miguel Beermen.

Coach Frankie Lim's troops stayed in the battle and narrowly lost to Stephen Holt and his Terrafirma teammates, 113-112, despite the fall of Alas in the second quarter.

Thomas Earl Robinson and Co. try to pick themselves up from that defeat against the NorthPort team that is also coming off a loss after a 2-0 season start.

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Coach Boni Tan's NorthPort crew, led by import Venkatesha Joi, repulsed the Dyip, 108-103, then drubbed the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 113-103, before reeling to a 112-74 blowout by the Magnolia Hotshots.

They're eager to make a quick turnaround in a bid to break out of a four-way logjam with the Fuel Masters, the Dyip and the Meralco Bolts at 2-1 behind the rampaging Hotshots (4-0).(SB)