MANILA, Philippines – Ian Sangalang, one of Purefoods' most promising players, was badly shaken by the injury he suffered during the Hotshots' game against the Alaska Aces last Wednesday.
Sangalang landed awkwardly after a battle for the rebound and had to be taken out of the court after something popped in his right knee.
Doctors later found out that the 6’8” former San Sebastian standout suffered a partial tear on the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on his right knee. This will force him to sit out from basketball action for at least 6 months.
“Naiyak talaga ako kagabi, sabi ko sana panaginip lang ito. Grabe na-feel ko, tapos matagal pa ang recovery, tapos pagbalik ko yun pa … Hindi ko alam kung ano mangyayari,” Sangalang told Spin.ph’s Snow Badua about his uncertain future.
Sangalang was badly devastated by his condition as it was the first time he was hurt so badly.
“First time ko to na ma-injure, pinaka worse na injury ko, tapilok lang eh. Worst na yun, tapilok, tapos wala na," he said.
“Wala na talaga akong ibang magagawa kundi mag-think positive lang. Sobrang hirap eh. Hindi ko magalaw paa ko.”
He is scheduled to return to St. Luke's Medical Center for a second look.
Sangalang’s absence could hurt Purefoods' campaign for a fifth straight PBA title.
MANILA – Purefoods' hopes of winning a fifth consecutive PBA championship have taken a tremendous blow as young big man Ian Sangalang will be reportedly out for six months due to a knee injury.
PBA.ph reported Thursday that Sangalang likely suffered an ACL tear on his right knee during Purefoods' first game of the season against Alaska Wednesday night.
Sangalang landed awkwardly after a battle for the rebound and had to be taken out of the court after shooting free throws....
Yap looked to be in top form, scoring 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field, but his Grand Slam champion team was unable to keep their game against Alaska competitive with two of their key frontliners on the sidelines.
“Dito ma-te-test young character ng team. Paano kami maglalaro na wala si Ping and wala si Ian,” Yap said after the game....
Pingris is taking a short break after a grueling international campaign with the Philippine national men’s basketball team in the offseason and missed the team’s season opener against the Aces.
Alaska head coach Alex Compton said that the absence of the league’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year was noticeable and his Aces took full advantage....
After tipoff, Alaska proceeded to lay the smackdown on the winners of last season's Grand Slam, fashioning out a dominant 93-73 victory on Wednesday in the 2015 Philippine Cup on Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
After a hot 7-0 start from Purefoods behind top gun James Yap, Alaska managed to strike back, battling the Hotshots to a 16-all deadlock after the first period....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||0||1||0.000|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600||Champions|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||12||9||0.571||Champions|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||17||13||0.567||Champions|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||14||8||0.636||Champions|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||11||10||0.524||3rd|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||3rd|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||13||9||0.591||Runner-up|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||15||9||0.625||Champions|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||10||6||0.625||5th|