UAAP Finals: Akhuetie still unsure for Game 2
Danine Cruz on Dec 02, 2018 06:42 PM
Akhuetie is set to take further tests to assess injury.
After incurring a hyperextended left knee injury in Game 1, Bright Akhuetie's status for the Game 2 of the UAAP Finals between University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University is still unsure as he is set to undergo further tests two days before the must-win game.
"I don't know yet, but fingers crossed. I have to do the second evaluation tomorrow before I know what's up," he said a day after the injury.
"I can walk, like there is no discomfort. But run, I haven't tried," he explained.
Akhuetie succumbed to pain while clinging to his left knee midway in the third quarter after a contact from Ange Kouame.
"I was like 'Oh God no no no, I was just like no no no,' I didn't know where I was going. I opened my eyes, all I can see was just lights. I thought from the way I fell, I actually thought it was worse, that I couldn't get up, but I did so thank God," said Akhuetie.
He was wheeled to the dugout to receive medical attention but with seven minutes left in the fourth, to the surprise of the fans in attendance, he came back to the bench and eventually the game.
"While I was on the bench, I saw Gelo [Vito] guarding [Ange] Kouame and I was like no, this is a mismatch, I have to get back in there. I don't have to wait, let me get back in there now. I want to show them that I will be there please," he said.
"It was all adrenaline, but after the game, that is when I started to feel the pain," he said.
Despite his return, the Fighting Maroons still fell short as they surrendered the first game to the Blue Eagles, 88-79.
Aside from the tests he will take on Monday, he was already brought to UP-PGH for X-ray and MRI scan right after Game 1.
Whether Akhuetie will be seeing minutes for UP on Wednesday or not, he is still set to be awarded as the UAAP Season 81 MVP on that day.
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