Orizuís defense wins war of attrition for FEU
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 25, 2016 08:27 PM
DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS. Prince Orizu stood tall at the defensive end to help FEU earn their first back-to-back wins of the season.
Battling back from 13 points down, the University of the Philippines tied the tally at 47 inside the last three minutes on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Fighting Maroons even had a golden opportunity to take the lead as Jarrel Lim was ahead of the pack for what seemed like an easy layup. However, rumbling right behind him was Far Eastern University big man Prince Orizu who leapt and swatted the ball away just in time.
Following Monbert Arong’s split from the line that granted the Tamaraws a one-point cushion, UP again had a golden opportunity to go ahead. Only, Orizu was right there again to leap and swat away Paul Desiderio’s jumper.
Nothing but appreciative of the effort of his second-year center, coach Nash Racela said, “That’s something that we always talk about in our team – not giving up on every play. Actually, natakot ako kasi nakita kong somebody was leaking out.”
He then continued, “Sabi ko, patay. So yeah, it’s nice that Prince never gave up on the play.”
Indeed, the Nigerian’s defense proved to be the turning point in a war of attrition between the two teams.
Just how atrocious was it? The scoreboard read 5-4 in favor of UP after the first quarter – the nine points combined was the lowest output in a single quarter since 2003.
For his part, Orizu shared, stating the obvious, “We really didn’t have a good offense today, but our main goal was to make stops on defense. Coach Nash always wants us to go hard on defense.”
The six-foot-10 player was nothing but glad to obey his mentor. He only contributed one point, but hauled in 15 rebounds and registered four rejections. “We shot just 30 percent as a team so I had to make it up on defense,” he expressed.
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