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NorthPort star rookie Robert Bolick out six months after partial ACL tear

Robert Bolick was having a breakout season before the injury and was a strong contender for the PBA's Rookie of the Year award. KC Cruz/ESPN5

NorthPort star Robert Bolick suffered a partial ACL tear and will be sidelined for six months, the team said in a statement on Wednesday.

The rookie guard will be undergoing surgery on his right knee Wednesday, a week after injuring it in the Batang Pier's game against the San Miguel Beermen on Oct. 23. Bolick injured his knee with around eight minutes left in the fourth quarter. He stayed on the floor for a few minutes after the drive.

He was not able to return and declined to address the media after NorthPort's 127-119 win.

Team owner Mikee Romero went on Facebook to reveal that Bolick was set to have surgery but did not give details about the injury.

Bolick averaged 12.9 points, 6.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds in the PBA Governors' Cup and distinguished himself as a budding star in the PBA -- where he is a contender for the Rookie of the Year Award. He was also one of the few bright spots in Gilas Pilipinas' run at the FIBA World Cup in September.

His absence will make an uphill climb in the Governors' Cup even tougher for NorthPort, which currently has a 3-4 record with four games left in the elimination round.

Expected to shoulder the load are new import Michael Qualls and newcomer Christian Standhardinger -- both of whom posted prolific debuts last week -- and the point guard rotation of Nico Elorde, Paolo Taha and Jerramy King.

NorthPort will play its first game without Bolick on Sunday, Nov. 2 as it takes on the Alaska Aces.