ATENEO’S depleted frontcourt just got even thinner with news that third-string center Gideon 'Gboy' Babilonia will sit out the remainder of the season to undergo shoulder surgery.
Ateneo coach Bo Perasol confirmed that the 6-foot-5 Babilonia will now undergo surgery on an injury he suffered during the preseason, dealing another blow to the Eagles' injury-plagued frontline.
“He is out for the season,” Perasol said.
The son of the late PBA cager Gido Babilonia played in the UAAP basketball tournament this season wearing a protective gear on the shoulder but apparently, the injury has not healed.
Babilonia is just one of the Blue Eagles who have been nursing injuries, with star guard Kiefer Ravena just starting to recover from a sprained ankle and JP Erram from a knee injury.
Erram, who led Ateneo to a 71-59 victory over Adamson on Sunday, missed the latter part of last season due to an ACL tear then suffered an MCL injury in the preseason.
Perasol is now pinning his hopes on Erram to keep the Eagles respectable in the frontline in what has so far been a challenging quest for a sixth straight championship.
“If Poy (Erram’s nickname) can hold on and at least be healthier than he is (now), I know we can match up with any big men (in the league),” said Perasol.