UAAP: Unfortunately for FEU, Kouame took full advantage of Orizu's injury

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 20, 2018 08:17 PM
UAAP: Kouame took full advantage of Orizu's injury
Without a doubt, Prince Orizu could have done something about the damage done by Angelo Kouame

Far Eastern University just had no answer for Angelo Kouame on Saturday.

Ateneo de Manila University’s rookie recruit from Cote d’Ivoire imposed his will en route to a monster 33-point, 27-rebound double-double – the first 30-20 game in the league since 2003.

Of course, the Tamaraws could have had an answer for Kouame if not for the early exit of Prince Orizu who was carried back to the locker room late in the first quarter because of an apparent leg injury. “Well, the injury to Prince was obviously not planned. He’s the only one who can match up to Kouame,” FEU head coach Olsen Racela said.

Indeed, Orizu, standing at 6-foot-8 and full of heft, would have been a formidable foe for 6-foot-10 Kouame.

Unfortunately, however, he got injured and even post-game, could not walk on his own.

Asked about the official diagnosis, Racela answered, “’Di pa alam e. (Papunta pa lang) siya sa hospital to get an x-ray and hopefully, negative.”

He then continued, “’Di ko alam if he tore something, but ‘di niya malagyan ng weight. We’re hoping he’s okay.”

And so, Kouame just had his way with the likes of Barkley Ebona, Richard Escoto, and Clifford Jopia.

Nonetheless, Coach Olsen said he is proud of their gallant stand. As he put it, “Bottom line is I’m proud with the way these guys fought given the circumstances.”

And though the loss was the second straight for the Tamaraws, they are still looking at the big picture. “Right now, ayoko munang tignan ang standings. One game at a time then we’ll see what happens from there,” coach Olsen said.

He then continued, “Ang importante ngayon is yung health ni Prince. We’re hoping for the best.”

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