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Bolick suffers partial ACL tear says NorthPort manager Tan

Robert Bolick is expected to be out for six months as he is set for a surgery on his partial ACL tear. PBA Images (file photo)

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—NorthPort's campaign in the PBA Governors' Cup suffered a huge hit as Team Manager Bonnie Tan confirmed early Wednesday that rookie guard Robert Bolick indeed suffered an ACL injury in its last game against San Miguel.

"Robert Bolick suffered a partial ACL tear in his last game against SMB," Tan said in a statement via Twitter.
Bolick hurt his knee with 8:06 left in their game last week while going for a drive to the basket.

Post-game, Tan told some reporters that the third overall pick of last year's draft walked out of the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay at full strength, somehow implying that the injury is not that serious.

A partial ACL tear is playable given some time to rehabilitate.

However, Mikee Romero, the Batang Pier's owner, later hinted that Bolick is set to undergo surgery on his knee.

"Robert, wish you the best in your operation," said Romero in his Facebook post.
Tan later confirmed that Bolick will indeed go under the knife.

"To address the ACL tear, Bolick opted to go through surgery rather than rehab to ensure full recovery," he further said.

With Bolick opting for a surgery, he will miss the remainder of NorthPort's campaign in the season-ending conference and will also miss out on rejoining Gilas Pilipinas Men for the inaugural SEA Games 3x3 event.

"The Batang Pier Team will play without him for the next 6 months," Tan bared the time frame of Bolick's absence, implying that his recovery will span through next year's Philippine Cup.

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