CEBU CITY – The University of Southern Philippines Foundation’s chances of turning their fortunes around in the Cesafi men’s basketball tournament suffered a painful blow as Nigerian big man Richy Managor has been lost for the season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
The 6-foot-9 center from Nigeria played in the team’s first two games but was in street clothes in their loss to the reigning champions University of the Visayas. He revealed the reason to SPIN.ph on Friday.
“I don’t know when I will be on court again. I just got the worst news of my basketball career. I have an ACL tear,” said Managor, whose arrival had pundits pegging the Panthers to make it to the Final Four after years of being on the outside.
Managor said his knee troubles began last month in a tournament in Bayugan City. He shared that he suffered a knee injury playing against UV and was advised to rest for three weeks.
“Then in our second game against USC (in the Cesafi), I went for dunk and landed but my knees couldn’t carry me. It got sprained again. I played in spite of the pain and the next day, I couldn’t walk. I went for a check-up and the results came back today,” said Managor, the disappointment palpable in his voice.
The 22-year-old center was meeting with the Cesafi’s chief physician, Dr. Rhoel Dejano, on Friday evening to discuss the results of his MRI.
USPF head coach Albert Alocillo lamented Managor’s loss but kept his hopes up that his wards would be able to adjust to the gaping hole in the middle left by their foreign player.
“If they only played with the same intensity that they played with in Bayugan, we’ll be fine. They have it in them. I already talked to the players about this and I’m hopeful that they will respond,” said Alocillo.