GILAS Pilipinas 5.0 suffered an early blow after Russel Escoto suffered a scary knee injury near the end of the first half of Mahindra’s PBA Philippine Cup matchup against NLEX on Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
The 6-foot-6 Gilas cadet and Floodbuster slotman clutched his left knee after a bad fall after a rebound battle against fellow cadet Fonzo Gotladera with less than 25 seconds remaining in the first half that ended with Mahindra on top, 57-49.
The 24-year-old Escoto was stretchered out of the court. Initial finding was a sore LCL (lateral collateral ligament).
League commissioner Chito Narvasa went to the Mahindra dugout to check on the former Far Eastern University stalwart, who was set to be brought to a hospital to have an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) test.
The injury was in the same left knee that he hurt in a D-League game while playing for Fruitas in 2013. The torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) forced Escoto to miss FEU’s campaign in the UAAP a few month later.