Terrafirma cager Roider Cabrera is being closely monitored as he suffered a cardiac arrest following their Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) 3×3 Lakas ng Tatlo campaign late Wednesday.
Terrafirma head coach Johnedel Cardel confirmed to the Daily Tribune that Cabrera remains under strict observation following his sudden collapse shortly after they carved back-to-back wins in their Pool B matches at the Ynares Sports Arena.
Cardel said the 30-year-old big man had already regained consciousness early Thursday and is currently attended in an intensive care unit (ICU).
“He’s still in the hospital right now and, fortunately, he was revived. He had a cardiac arrest,” Cardel said.
“He’s currently in the ICU and he’s really fighting for it. He woke up around 4:55 a.m. and is now doing well.”
The Dyip had just finished their post-game celebration inside their dugout following their 19-17 win over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel when the 6-foot-4 Cabrera suddenly collapsed.
The former Adamson University standout was unconscious but was immediately revived by the paramedics while they were on their way to Medical City.
With Cabrera out, the trio of Dhon Reverente, Jeb Bulawan and Terrence Tumalip will carry the scoring cudgels as they gun for a playoff run in the inaugural 3×3 tourney.
Team governor Bobby Rosales said the Terrafirma management will continue providing all out support for the faster recovery of Cabrera.
“The whole Terrafirma Dyip family is full of hope that things will turn out fine for Terrafirma 3×3 player, Roider Cabrera,” Rosales said in a statement.
“He is now in the hospital, getting the best medical treatment and care possible. Terrafirma Dyip management is completely behind his full recovery.”
The squad, meanwhile, continued tweaking its 5-on-5 roster as it shipped rookie big man James Laput to Magnolia in exchange for veteran guard Justin Melton and Kyle Pascual.
The 28-year old Laput was drafted eight overall in the recent Annual Rookie Draft and is expected to boost the Hotshots frontcourt led by Ian Sangalang and Calvin Abueva.
Melton, for his part, was a member of the historic San Mig grand slam team in 2014 and will now become a part of the backcourt rotation led by Alex Cabagnot, Juami Tiongson and top rookie Joshua Munzon.