Kevin Racal out of PBA bubble after tearing right ACL

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 15) — Alaska Aces forward Kevin Racal is out for the rest of the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup after suffering a complete tear on his right anterior cruciate ligament.

“He’s done with the bubble,” said Alaska head coach Jeff Cariaso during the league’s media availability on Thursday.

"That's a big hit on us. We found this out late last night,” he added.

Racal went down hard in the PBA’s opening day match on Sunday, where the Aces lost against the TNT Tropang Giga, 100-95.

The 6-foot-3 cager got hurt in the third quarter, when his knee wobbled while playing defense, leaving the match with 8 points and 2 rebounds.

Racal initially hoped for a positive outcome when his knee showed no signs of swelling since the injury, but results of his MRI showed otherwise.

The development comes as a huge blow to Alaska’s campaign, with the team already down 0-2 inside the bubble, after losing their second straight game against the Meralco Bolts, 93-81.

“We know the type of player that Kevin is. He's been known to be a defensive player. He's one of our best defenders at the wings and the guards,” Cariaso said

“Things happen, this is basketball but we have guys who are willing and ready to step up,” he added.

Fortunately, Alaska will be getting an added lift from late entry Maverick Ahanmisi, who has arrived inside the PBA bubble on Thursday but is still subject to a 2-day mandatory quarantine before he can be available to the team.