PBA: Meralco calls on 'next man up' with Almazan injured


Posted at Jan 14 2020 03:17 PM

Meralco center Raymond Almazan in their dugout after suffering a knee injury in Game 3 of the PBA Governors' Cup finals. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Meralco center Raymond Almazan has sustained a lateral meniscal tear in his left knee, an MRI showed. 

The injury is likely to keep Almazan from suiting up on Game 4 of their PBA Governors Cup finals series against Barangay Ginebra on Wednesday, and may rule him out for the rest of the championship round.

Meralco team manager Paolo Trillo, who confirmed the diagnosis, said they have yet to decide how to progress with Almazan's injury.

"We'll talk to him and assess," he said of the next step that they will take with their big man.

Almazan had been averaging 17.5 points, 11 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in the finals but suffered the injury midway through the first quarter of Game 3 after going for a layup. He had to be helped back to the locker room, and did not return to the game as the Bolts lost to the Gin Kings, 92-84.

"He's been playing great this series," Meralco import Allen Durham said of Almazan. "Anytime you lose a player the caliber of Raymond, it's definitely gonna hurt your team."

"But you know, hopefully, he can come back. But if not, the next man gotta be ready to play," he added.

Among the players expected to step up in Almazan's absence is Bryan Faundo, who scored 10 points in Game 3 while playing 13 minutes. 

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