Injury ends season for Perkins (Basketball)

March 31, 2011
Doron Perkins

It seemed like the only thing capable of slowing down Israeli League All-Star Doron Perkins of Anchorage was an injury.

And that’s exactly what happened.

His dream season came to a crashing halt after he suffered a serious knee injury Tuesday in Game 3 of the team’s Euroleague playoff series and underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday.

The starting point guard with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv left in the second quarter of an 85-71 victory over Spanish champion Caja Laboral when his knee looked to buckle after he was fouled on his way to the basket and landed badly seconds. Nokia Arena was silent as he was attended to and he needed help to get to the locker room.

Perkins, of Bartlett High fame, had started all 19 Euroleague games and averaged 9.5 points, a team-best 5.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.7 steals.

He had surgery at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Tel Aviv to repair two torn ligaments and damage to his meniscus. He is expected to be out of commission for the next six weeks before beginning an intense physical therapy to get back for his third season with the team.