Alaska forward Noy Baclao is set to undergo an MRI to determine the severity of a right knee injury he sustained in the Aces' PBA Governors' Cup opener against Columbian on Friday.
Baclao suffered the injury only a minute into the fourth quarter, with the former No. 1 pick staying on the floor shortly after getting his shot attempt on a drive blocked by Dyip big man Andre Cahilig.
Team doctor Facundo Sun said the initial diagnosis was a ruptured patella.
"Really saddened by Noy. We never want anyone to get hurt but right now until we see the MRI, we don't know exactly what's happening with his knee. We only know for sure that he hurt his knee bad. To what extent and what exactly did he injure, we'll find out tomorrow," coach Jeff Cariaso said after the game.
The forward, who finished with two points, a rebound and a block in six minutes, had Alaska and Columbian players all looking away from the horrific injury and was immediately stretchered out and taken to the hospital.
"I'm praying that it's not bad, but it looked bad and it felt bad. We've seen a lot of knee injuries in the past, so we can already assume what it could be. But like I said, until we see the MRI we'll be sure. We're not sure yet," Cariaso added.
Baclao's injury further dampened what already was a poor debut for the Aces in the season-ending conference, with Alaska going on to lose 117-110 to Columbian after his exit.
"I really think there's a lot of habits that we're still trying to break. There's a certain way that I like to do things, especially defensively, that it's still going to [take] a little time to break [the old ones] because they became a habit with some of the guys. But they're not major," said Cariaso.
Cariaso lamented the Aces' woes on the defensive end, where they failed to contain Khapri Alston (38 points, 22 rebounds) and CJ Perez (28 points, 13 rebounds) despite holding the Dyip to just 38.4 percent from the field.
"It's the little things that we always talk about that counts. Aside from that, I told them scoring a hundred points is good and normally you win but if you can't defend, if you get badly out-rebounded, that's what's going to happen. So we have to assess again our defense. We really struggled defensively," he added.
Alaska's opening night struggles were also in part due to the Aces' adjustment to Justin Watts, who occupies the wing unlike old import Mike Harris.
"He scored 40 points, 14 rebounds, but it's still about winning. That's one thing we have to understand. It's a new style in a sense where our import now is more of a wing, more of a guard. That's a different dynamic to what it was a year ago," explained Cariaso.
"The adjustment is still there. The guys are not only adjusting to me, but adjusting to that dynamic that our import is a wing. Our other guards and wings are adjusting to him, our bigs are being challenged more if you noticed. But that's the thing that we sort of assumed and expected," he added. "It's really just, again, getting better at what we're doing and hopefully as we move forward, we get better."