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Promising young Supercats guard David Mecanovic has been sidelined for the 2013 SEABL season after suffering a knee injury.
Mecanovic, along with Supercats teammate Lachlan Headlam, is spending the off season up north, playing in the Darwin Basketball League for the University Rebels.
In just his fifth game for the team, Mecanovic came down late in the first quarter and was taken off the court with a knee injury.
Initial consultations with doctors indicated that it could be just a three month injury, but further scans after the swelling reduced showed that there was some damage to the ACL and would require surgery to repair it, ruling Mecanovic out for most, if not all, of the 2013 SEABL season.
David Mecanovic joined the Geelong Supercats in 2011, a product of the Melbourne Tigers junior program. Having also spent some time in the USA college system, the Supercats were the first senior team that David pulled a jersey on for. After spending some time on the sidelines in 2011 with a foot injury, Mecanovic had a breakout season in 2012, including a career high 17 points and 9 rebounds against eventual conference winners, the Dandenong Rangers, in the Supercats win over the Rangers at the Geelong Arena during the regular season.
Currently still in Darwin, David is awaiting advice from doctors to decide on when and where surgery will be scheduled and then begin the rehabilitation process. Although the road to recovery rules him out for the upcoming SEABL season, he is confident that he will be back with the Supercats in no time.
“It’s frustrating for something like this to happen, but you just have to accept it and focus on the recovery. Players come back from this type of injury all the time, and I’m still a young guy so there’s no reason that I won’t be back in the court as soon as practical,” said Mecanovic.
Head coach Jamie O’Loughlin said it was disappointing not just for the team, but for Mecanovic.
“David’s progression over the last two years has been really exciting for the club. We definitely see him as important going forward, and we will do everything we can to assist in his recovery and get him back on the court as soon as possible.
“We’re still in the process of putting our roster together for next year. Any player change has an impact on the team, we were already anticipating two or three changes as it was and now for this to happen means we have to again re-structure and adjust. We will be looking closely at some of our younger guys and see if anyone can step up to fill this role,” said O’Loughlin.