PBA sports doctor Ronald Calma suspects Japeth Aguilar might have suffered a sprained MCL (medial collateral ligament) on his right knee after landing awkwardly while trying to go for a baseline dunk early in the PBA Governors Cup game between Barangay Ginebra and Barako Bull at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday night.
Calma said while there wasn’t much swelling on the knee of the 6-foot-9 Aguilar, initial diagnosis points to a possible MCL sprain, prompting him to advise Ginebra not to field back the athletic big man to prevent any further injury.
“Parang may medial collateral ligament sprain siya (Aguilar). Iyung extent or severity di natin masyado ma-determine, though di naman masyadong maga. Pero medyo mahihirapan siyang tumalon at tumakbo pag may ganun,” Calma told Spin.ph at halftime.
Calma advised Aguilar to have his right knee iced to avoid further swelling, and have him undergo an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to determine the extent of the injury.
“Maraming possible injuries na puwedeng mangyari kung ganun. We suggested magpa-MRI na siya, so it’s up to the team na ipa-MRI siya kung kelan nila gusto ipagawa,” he added.
The 26-year-old Aguilar, playing in only his third game in a Barangay Ginebra uniform, felt he was pulled down by either Mick Pennisi or Barako Bull import Mike Singletary as he was trying to go for a dunk with 4:01 left in the first quarter and the Kings trailing 16-14.
The former Ateneo stalwart gingerly got up, but felt something move on his right knee when he landed awkwardly.
The high-flying Ginebra big man managed to split his charities before being taken out of the game to have his knee examined at the team dugout.
“Medyo hinatak ako pababa eh, di ko alam, mali ang landing ko talaga. Yung weight ko talagang papunta sa kanang tuhod,” said Aguilar.
Ginebra lost the game.