Alaska forward Kent Racal suffered a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and will be out for the rest of the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup, head coach Jeff Cariaso confirmed on Thursday.
"That's a big hit on us, we found this late [Wednesday] night. We know what kind of player Kevin is," Cariaso said. "He's been known to be a defensive player. He's one of our best defenders at the wings and the guards. So the chances for our guards and our wings defensively for him," he added.
Racal suffered the injury when his right knee buckled while defending Jayson Castro at the 7:18 mark of the third quarter in Alaska's 100-95 loss against the TNT Tropang Giga on Sunday. He left the game with 8 points and 2 rebounds.
Cariaso added that Racal is still inside the PBA bubble, and the next move had not been plotted yet.
"He was very surprised and hurt. He had an ACL before... he was even able to exercise the same knee in the weight room, the strength of the knee and the leg," bared Cariaso.
The coach also shared that his right knee had not swollen since the injury, thinking that it was a positive sign, but were devastated when the MRI results came out on Wednesday.
The forward suffered the same injury on his other knee while practicing during his fourth year with the Letran Knights. His loss seriously dampened Letran's Final Four bid back in NCAA Season 90.
Fortunately, Alaska will be welcoming back Maverick Ahanmisi, who entered the PBA bubble at Quest Hotel at around 10 a.m. on Thursday.