UP's Bright Akhuetie suffers knee strain in Game 1 of UAAP Finals

Danine Cruz on Dec 01, 2018 08:37 PM
UP's Akhuetie suffers knee strain in Game 1 of UAAP Finals
Bright Akhuetie fell on the floor with 6:31 left in the third quarter of Game 1 of the UAAP Season 81 Men's Basketball Finals.

The University of the Philippines had the biggest scare of UAAP Season 81 after witnessing Bright Akhuetie fall and grimace in pain on the floor during the Game 1 of the Finals versus Ateneo de Manila University.

With 6:31 left in the third frame, Akhuetie fell flat on the floor after he was pushed by Ivorian student-athlete Angelo Kouame. He was visibly angry and kept hitting the floor as he curled up in pain. Medical officials not only from UP but also from opponent Ateneo rushed to his side to aid him. He was stretched out of the playing court.

He was immediately brought to the sidelines and eventually to the dugout to have his knee checked and iced by team doctors. Medical professionals of the team said that Akhuetie had a hyperextended left knee.

No foul was called on Kouame, which enraged the UP fans in the arena especially after the sequence was replayed on the jumbotron.

With a little less than a minute left in the third quarter, Akhuetie walked out of the locker room to the bench with an ice pack around his knee.

To the delight of the UP faithful in attendance in the Mall of Asia Arena, Akhuetie returned to the game with seven minutes left in the final quarter and continued playing.

However, Akhuetie and the rest of the Fighting Maroons bowed down to the Blue Eagles, 88-79.

After the game, Akhuetie, who finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds, was immediately led out of the venue to head to UP-PGH. Team doctor Lyndon Bathan said that Akhuetie will undergo an MRI scan for further evaluation.

If all things go well, he is still set to play on Wednesday for Game 2 of the Finals after he is formally awarded as the UAAP Season 81 Most Valuable Player.

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