Alaska coach Alex Compton said Aces rookie Jeron Teng is on the road to recovery after suffering injuries in a parking lot melee on Sunday morning at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City.
Compton delivered the good news after talking to doctors before Alaska's practice on Monday at the Gatorade Hoops Center.
"He's recovering," Compton, who went to the hospital immediately upon learning about the unfortunate incident that happened just hours after Alaska beat GlobalPort on Saturday evening.
Teng was stabbed thrice in the back and was immediately rushed to St. Luke's Hospital. Rain or Shine big man Norbert Torres and former La Salle cager Thomas Torres also got injured in the altercation.
Good thing Teng's vital organs were missed.
"It's hard to say that anything in a situation like this is a blessing but that's a blessing. It actually could have been much worse. But yeah, just recovering in the hospital," he said.
When he will return to action, though, remains unknown. The amiable mentor is expecting the burly forward out of La Salle to be out for the rest of the conference.
"It's hard to say. I don't know if he'll be able to play this conference or not. So we'll have to see what happens," he said.
"He'll definitely play basketball again, that's my wholehearted belief. As to when I don't know. As protective measures for myself I'm gonna count on, mentally without doctor's advice, counting on him not playing this conference."
While his absence will be a huge blow to the Aces who are already missing the services of Calvin Abueva, who hasn't showed up in team's practices since the All-Star break, Compton said they remain upbeat.
"I just want him to recover and be okay," he said.
"Our hearts, our minds, our prayers are with Jeron and Calvin. I hope they're okay. But our jobs don't change. Maybe our rotation does but our jobs don't."