John Calipari’s Dominican Republic national team has won its way into the FIBA Americas semifinals. The top two finishers in this Olympic qualifier head to London next year for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Cal’s team, however, was dealt a serious blow, when point guard Edgar Sosa went down on Monday with a broken right leg, in the Dominican’s win over Panama. Sosa suffered the injury near the end of the game when he drove into the lane and delivered a pass.
EPSN 3 play-by-play man Alvaro Martin called the Dominican Republic game against Argentina. During the telecast, Alvaro said he had spoken to Sosa before the game.
Alvaro said the former Louisville guard had been experiencing pain in his lower right leg prior to the injury and was wearing a sleeve on the right shin to help. That left Sosa wondering if he had a stress fracture, which led to a complete break of both the tibia and fibula.
Sosa told Alvaro that it was a freak accident. Sosa said he was untouched when he drove into the paint with :35 remaining. His weight and angle led to a compound fracture.
The 23-year-old native of New York City was taken to a hospital in Mar Del Plata, where the wound was cleaned and the bone was reset. Sosa told Alvaro that in the next couple of days, a doctor from the U.S. will be flown in to perform surgery. Sosa will have screws inserted into his broken leg.
Sosa’s mother, who lives in the Dominican Republic, and his father, who lives in New York, will fly to Argentina to spend time with him. He said his rehab will take a minimum of six months.
Calipari’s Dominican team begins semifinal play this weekend. If his team can win one game, the Dominicans will qualify for the London games, which begin next July. It’s conceivable that Sosa could be ready by then.
Calipari had high praise for Sosa, saying the player had picked up Cal’s dribble drive offense in a short period of time.
Sosa had been playing professionally in Italy.