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PBA players Jeron Teng, Norbert Torres, draftee Thomas Torres injured in altercation; suspects in custody

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PBA players involved in altercation (3:24)

Jeron Teng, Norbert Torres and Thomas Torres were injured following a stabbing incident at the Bonifacio Global City late Saturday night. (3:24)

Rain or Shine big man Norbert Torres, Alaska rookie Jeron Teng and PBA rookie draftee Thomas Torres were reportedly stabbed during an altercation early Sunday morning at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City and had to be rushed to a local hospital.

Player agent Marvin Espiritu, who represents the ROS slotman and Teng, confirmed the news to ESPN5 on Sunday.

"I talked with Norbert earlier and he was recounting to me what happened," Espiritu said to ESPN5 on Sunday night. "They were heading back to the parking lot when a group of older men called them. And there was a heated exchange which only escalated," he explained.

Thomas Torres will be sidelined for at least six weeks while Norbert Torres will be out for at least a week.

Charlie Dy, Thomas Torres' agent, told ESPN5 that the young guard had deep wounds in both arms and another by his chest. Teng, who also suffered injuries similar to Thomas' wounds, remains at the St. Luke's Medical Center and is being evaluated by doctors.

Norbert Torres, who had 11 stitches to his left arm, has been released from St. Luke's after receiving treatment, according to Espiritu.

The PBA said in a statement that they were aware of the incident and that they were hoping for a speedy recovery.

"Whatever we can do to help and support the players, that's what we will do in the PBA," league commissioner Willie Marcial told ESPN5, who went to visit the players in Global City. "We know they have their legal from their [respective] teams, but if there's any help they need from us, the PBA will be there to help."

The Alaska Aces also released a statement late Sunday saying Jeron Teng is currently recovering and in stable condition.

"While the incident is under investigation, we are optimistic that the local authorities will be releasing their findings soon. We enjoin everyone to pray for Jeron's full recovery," the statement read.

As of early afternoon, the three suspects -- Edgar Manalo, Joseph Varano, and Willard Basili -- were already in custody.

Torres and Teng were just coming off victories for their respective PBA squads Saturday night.

The 6-foot-7 Torres came off the bench and banged in five points and three boards in Rain or Shine's 99-96 overtime triumph against Magnolia, while Teng flirted with a double-double of 8 points and 10 rebounds in Alaska's narrow 109-103 win against GlobalPort.