UAAP: Limited minutes or not, Prince Orizu just happy to help FEU
Danine Cruz on Nov 11, 2018 03:51 PM
FEU's big man is back
Prince Orizu of the Far Eastern University finally saw action after missing three games in the second round after suffering a high ankle sprain last October 20 versus Ateneo de Manila University.
His comeback game was against the National University which is a match that is very crucial to keep FEU's Final Four hopes alive. He saw nine minutes of playing time and contributed six points and five rebounds, bolstering the Tamaraws' 79-74 victory.
"Feels great to be back. Just saw controlled minutes from the coaches, so hopefully next game I'm gonna have a lot of minutes because I'm gonna be more stable on my leg," said the Nigerian big man who shared that he played even though he was not yet 100-percent.
With this, Coach Olsen Racela expressed his relief that his team is now complete, most especially in the crucial stretch of UAAP Season 81.
"Natutuwa lang ako na now we have a complete lineup. You saw Prince Orizu play a few minutes but very quality minutes," said Racela.
In the three games that Orizu was out, namely versus University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, and University of the East, the foreign student-athlete bared that it was one of the most difficult things he had to experience this season.
"It was something else. Sitting on the hot seat, I don't know, I cannot do anything about it. I felt like a crippled person, I couldn't do anything about it so I was happy I was able to contribute something today," Orizu said.
He had all reasons to feel that way especially that during the stretch that he was out, FEU only won one game and it was against the last team in the standings University of the East. Clearly, their opponents took advantage of the absence of FEU's towering man on the paint.
Fortunately, the wins FEU invested in the first round are still enough to keep them in the hunt. The Tamaraws are at a 7-6 win-loss slate. They have one more game left on Sunday against Adamson University.
"It makes me feel happy especially that the game is still up to Sunday, it gives me a lot of time to actually comeback for a hundred percent before Sunday," he said.
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