Alec Wintering suffers season ending ACL injury

| January 21, 2017 2:16pm

Portland Pilots senior guard Alec Wintering suffered an ACL tear in Thursday's game against San Francisco. The injury, which was confirmed on Saturday with an MRI, will end his career as a Pilot. 

"I want to thank everyone who had helped me in my career here at UP," Wintering told The Beacon on Saturday. "It didn't end the way I imagined but I am thankful for the journey I have been able to make. This is just a small bump in the road. I will come back stronger from this and continue to play the game I love. For now, I will be giving everything I have to my teammates from the sidelines."

Wintering finishes his Pilot career with 568 total assists, which is just five shy of the school record held by former NBA player Darwin Cook. He started in 110 career games and averaged 14.1 points and 5.2 assists overall. 

He ranks second all-time in steals (177), fifth in points (1,548) and sixth in three-point percentage (.401). Wintering also holds the school single season records for assists (187, 2014-15) and minutes played (1,064, 2014-15).

Wintering told The Beacon he did make the trip to Spokane. The Pilots will take on No. 4 ranked Bulldogs at 5 p.m.