Kevin Alas just couldn’t catch a break.
After patiently enduring a long rehabilitation process to get himself back on the hardwood, the 27-year-old NLEX Road Warriors must go through the exact ordeal once more after he tore the same ACL on his right knee during the team’s 87-83 win over Meralco last Sunday.
We regret to inform the public that @kevinlouiealas sustained an ACL injury on his right knee during our February 2 game against the Meralco Bolts. Our medical team is set to confirm the extent of the injury through MRI results on Tuesday, February 5. #ArangkadaAlas pic.twitter.com/4KvX2GqtGc
— NLEX Road Warriors (@ArangkadaNLEX) February 4, 2019
Most viewers let out a sigh of relief when Alas was able to walk on his own after the scary fall and even managed to shoot free throws shortly after. But things took a turn for the worst on Tuesday, when an MRI confirmed NLEX’s biggest fears.
In a heartbreaking post on his social media accounts, the dejected Alas shared a clip the incident and opened up about sustaining the same injury he did last year, right on the same side of the playing court in Ynares Center.
“I admit this is very depressing and frustrating because I worked my ass off for the past 10 months just to be healthy and to be at my peak shape. I even did all I could to prevent this from happening again,” he wrote.
“This is a tough situation for me, but tough times don’t last. This will only make me more resilient and much stronger. I honestly don’t know the plans of God for me but I trust our Lord God Almighty that he is preparing me for something greater and bigger.“
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I re-tore the ACL in my right knee at Ynares Antipolo. It was the exact same venue and the exact same side of the court where I suffered the same injury, less than a year ago. I admit this is very depressing and frustrating because I worked my ass off for the past 10 months just to be healthy and to be at my peak shape. I even did all I could to prevent this from happening again. This is a tough situation for me, but tough times don't last. This will only make me more resilient and much stronger. I honestly don't know the plans of God for me but I trust our Lord God Almighty that he is preparing me for something greater and bigger. Thank you to my girlfriend Selina, my Family, my Coaches, the NLEX Management, my teammates, and my friends who have always been behind me to support me. Thank you also to all my PBA friends and all the fans who sent their prayers and well wishes. I sincerely appreciate all of them. The goal now is to move forward, recover, get healthy and attack my rehab again. #ThankYouLord
In five games for the Road Warriors in the 2019 Philippine Cup, the former Letran Knight averaged 8.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 4.6 assists in 25 minutes of action. Alas’ absence will once again deplete coach Yeng Guiao’s guard rotation, with Keifer Ravena still serving his FIBA suspension and Alex Mallari traded to Phoenix in the off-season.
Although admittedly demoralized by the recurring setback, Alas is already preparing himself for another comeback trail.
“The goal now is to move forward, recover, get healthy and attack my rehab again.,” Alas added, after thanking everyone for all the well-wishes he had received—including some words of encouragement from girlfriend and PBA courtside reporter Selina Dagdag.
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My love…. i know it’s beyond heartbreaking to go through this again. I wish so bad I can carry a portion of your world at the moment. I’ve seen all your hard work and all your sacrifices. I’ve seen you endure all the difficulties and fight through your insecurities. I’ve seen you hope and dream. I can only imagine how frustrating this situation is… 😔 But do know I am with you in this rewind. There is no doubt in my mind God sees how good a man you are, even on your toughest days. Above all the good things about you, it’s your unwavering faith in Him that moves me the most. He will bless you immeasurably. Love, I know I can’t guarantee you happiness every step of the way; I may not even be enough to cheer you up on your toughest days… but I promise I’ll always be here to sit with you in the dark. I love you always and in all ways ♥️