UAAP: Orizu outduels Akhuetie in Nigerian matchup

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Prince Orizu bested his good friend and fellow Nigerian Bright Akhuetie as he led the FEU Tamaraws to an impressive 89-73 win against the UP Fighting Maroons.

After a 25-point, 15-rebound outing that went for naught in FEU’s shocking loss against UST, Orizu made sure that his efforts would not go to waste this time around. Aside from scoring 15 points (on a perfect 7-for-7 from the field) and grabbing seven rebounds, the 6-foot-10 Nigerian clamped down on Akhuetie all game long as the much hyped UP player was limited to just nine points on 4-for-11 shooting from the field.

The Tamaraws also outscored the Fighting Maroons by 16 in the nearly 26 minutes that Akhuetie was on the floor.

This was the second straight game that the 6-foot-8 Akhuetie failed to register double-digits in scoring. He was also limited to just 8 points in the game against Ateneo, where he was matched up against Ivorian Angelo Kouame.

When asked about his struggles, however, Akhuetie attributed it more to a hand injury that he picked up in practice.

“No, not really. But I had a problem with my right hand, so I was just struggling all throughout the game. My right hand was kinda numb in the game and before the game. I had some issues with my hand,” said Akhuetie.

“[It’s] not yet [checked by the doctors], but I’m gonna do that tomorrow and prepare for the next game.”

With all the attention brought upon his transfer to UP from the University of Perpetual Help, it is not surprising that other schools’ defenses have been focusing on Akhuetie this season. After two underwhelming performances that has led to losses, it is now up to him to bounce back for a Fighting Maroons squad with legitimate hopes of a Final Four appearance this year.

Having two healthy hands for their next game won’t hurt either.

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