Opponents beware, Oraeme is getting his second wind

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 18, 2015 09:01 PM
Opponents beware, Oraeme is getting his second wind
STRONGER. Allwell Oraeme is only putting forth more powerful numbers this late in the elimination round.

In playing 39 of the possible 40 minutes each outing through 15 games, it would have only been reasonable to expect some dip in the production of statistical leader Allwell Oraeme.

However, Mapua Institute of Technology’s first-year stud only looks to be getting stronger now in the most crucial stretch of the NCAA 91 Basketball Tournament with back-to-back 30-rebound efforts to go along with double-digit scoring in his two most recent outings.

Asked if he even gets tired of being the lone paint presence for the season hosts, the 19-year-old Nigerian told ABS-CBN Sports, “I would say I was exhausted in the first round, but right now, I’m getting used to it.”

He then continued, “It’s okay. As long as we’re winning. I’m okay with that.”

Despite the injury woes of top gunner Josan Nimes and disciplinary troubles of head coach Atoy Co, the Cardinals are undefeated through six games in the second round. Their hot streak has barged them into the top four and Oraeme’s continued dominance is the foremost reason.

As such, Oraeme has emerged as the face of red-hot Mapua, replacing both their longest-tenured player as well as their most recognizable personality. Still, the towering yet humble Nigerian quelled such claims by saying, “I wouldn’t say that. It’s teamwork, it’s group effort. It’s not me.”

In the same light, the Cardinals’ center isn’t thinking about the individual honor he currently leads. Reacting to being number one in the statistical race for MVP, he said, “I’m not really focused on that right now. I’m just focused on getting to the Final Four.”


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