IN the wake of the serious injuries suffered by players in the Filoil preseason tournament, De La Salle coach Juno Sauler hopes the technical committee will take a look at the level of physicality in the league.
Sauler made the statement following the injury sustained by point guard Kib Montalbo last week that will sideline the La Salle guard for the coming UAAP season.
Montalbo suffered a season-ending ACL tear in his right knee on Saturday during the Green Archers’ game against University of the East. He was to undergo surgery on Wednesday.
The La Salle coach also cited a similar ACL injury sustained by University of the Philippines guard Kyles Lao last week in a game against the Green Archers.
Like Montalbo, Lao is out for the UAAP season.
Sauler pointed out that the injuries happened during the preseason, dealing a severe blow to the Green Archers and Maroons’ campaign in the UAAP.
“If there is only one team that is getting injured, probably something is wrong with the conditioning. But if (players from) both teams are getting injured, there has to be something done also if we allow that kind of physicality and up to what extent,” said Sauler.
“The committee has to take a look at that also because even in our game against UP, daming na-injure eh tapos next game, eto naman ang nangyari (Montalbo injury),” he said.
The Green Archers currently have a 3-1 win-loss record in the meet, with all the games under very physical conditions, according to Sauler.
“All of the teams we have played, starting with San Beda, Lyceum, and UP, were very physical. Lots of players getting injured,” said the soft-spoken mentor.