By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Zeke Upshaw, a player for the Grand Rapids Drive, the G-League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, collapsed during a game on Saturday night against the Long Island Nets, according to Wood TV. He was reportedly having a cardiac arrest, according to a source, who told the TV station.
He is in critical condition at a local hospital.
Upshaw collapsed when he was guarding a Nets player. The incident happened with less than a minute remaining in the game.
Upshaw, whose 26-years-old, has played in five games this season with the Drive. The former Hofstra player is averaging 8.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists, and 0.6 steals per game.
He had 11 points in the Drive’s regular-season finale. He helped guide the Drive to the playoffs.
He’s in his second season with the Drive.
According to the American Heart Association, cardiac arrests can be deadly. In most cases, they said with the help of CPR and defibrillation immediately, the person is able to survive.
Cardiac arrests happen when there is an “abrupt loss of heart function in a person, who may or may not have diagnosed heart disease. The time and mode of death are unexpected. It occurs instantly or shortly after symptoms appear.”
The American Heart Association says there are more than 350,000 emergency medical services-assessed cardiac arrests that happen outside of hospitals in the United States.
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