Barangay Ginebra could be fearing the worst after Filipino-American Jeremiah Gray suffered a right knee injury following a bad fall late in the third quarter of the Gin Kings’ 91-85 triumph over the NLEX Road Warriors at the close of the PBA On Tour on Sunday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig City.
Gray pulled off a steal and was speeding up to the basket while eluding NLEX forward Tony Semerad, when he appeared to have twisted his right knee as he fell on the floor.
He sat up and held on his hurting right knee, grimacing in pain as Ginebra fans watched in horror.
Head coach Tim Cone’s face was a picture of concern as he went on the court, while Ginebra’s medical team attended on the fallen Gray.
The 2022 PBA Rookie second overall draft pick was eventually, carried out on a stretcher and was quickly brought to the Medical City, the nearest hospital from the playing venue. Cone accompanied the incoming sophomore wingman in the ambulance.
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Tests are being done on Gray at the moment, though the Ginebra coaching staff could only hope it wouldn’t be an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear on the high-flying Fil-American’s knee.
The unfortunate incident occurred with just 22 seconds to go in the third period and NLEX ahead by a slim margin, 68-66.
The 26-year-old Gray, whom the Gin Kings acquired in a trade with the Terrafirma Dyip last year, also suffered an ACL injury while still playing for TNT in the PBA 3×3 tournament in 2021.
The former Moorpark College and Dominican University of California standout averaged 14.64 points, 8.36 rebounds and 4.82 assists during the PBA On Tour.