UAAP 82: UP's team effort didn't end even after the final buzzer

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 12, 2019 08:58 PM
UP's team effort didn't end even after the final buzzer
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

The action didn't stop for the University of the Philippines even after it jumped on University of the East and got back into the win column, Saturday at MOA Arena.

After their post-win interview, reigning and defending MVP Bright Akhuetie suddenly felt all the pain he had been holding back as he fought all game long for the Fighting Maroons.

Already on his way back to the locker room, he felt he couldn't walk on his own anymore and had to lean on the wall before having to sit on the floor.

Teammate Jun Manzo, who was part of the post-game conference alongside acting coach Ricky Dandan, didn't leave the Nigerian powerhouse behind and sat on the floor as well.

Not long after, Akhuetie asked coach Ricky to send for physical therapist Andrew Harris.

Harris, indeed, came running, but he wasn't alone.

Also there to come to the rescue were Janjan Jaboneta, Jaybie Mantilla, David Murrell, Kobe Paras, Ricci Rivero, and James Spencer.

It was then that Murrell and Paras who carried the 6-foot-8 big man all the way back to their locker room.

After getting dressed and walking out of the dugout, Akhuetie said he was pleasantly surprised about what State U did for him. "I didn't expect it. I thought it was just gonna be Andrew then I saw everybody," he said.

He then continued, "That just shows how much we're together, how much we're a family. I'll do that for my family and they'll do that for me as well."

According to the 23-year-old, he will be all good - especially as his teammates were all there for him. "I just sprained my ankle, but I'll be fine. I had to go ice it, but after the ice, I actually feel better," he said.

More importantly, Akhuetie said UP will be all good - especially after this much-needed win. As he put it, "I've always been sure of the team. It's just that we need to get it together and play as a team."

He then continued, "This game just shows how much we can do. It's just consistency."

Without a doubt, the Fighting Maroons' team effort does not end when the final whistle is blown.

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