Allwell Oraeme plays through knee pain, still does well to help Mapua stretch streak
Nigerian import Allwell Oraeme told Andoy Estrella and the Cardinals he didn't want the ball. Jaime Campos

ALLWELL Oraeme hardly scored but made sure he still made an impact as he played despite pain in his knees.

The Nigerian import, the league’s reigning MVP, scored only two points but Mapua still ran away with an 82-72 victory over Emilio Aguinaldo College to improve their playoff hopes with a 9-5 win-loss record. 

"I'm not sick. Did he (coach Atoy Co) tell you I took a drug? I had to take painkillers for my knees because I'm in real pain," said Orame.

"I didn't really eat. I had shaky legs and stuff like that."

With Andrew Estrella, Almel Orquina and Darella Menina hitting their shots, Oraeme was able to focus on defense and rebounding.

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He still was able to play 23 minutes of action despite the pain, finishing with nine rebounds and four blocks.

"I'm really happy though because we won. I would have been really sad if we lost the game. I feel like i did my best to what my body could do."

"I just told them, 'don't pass the ball to me, I'm gonna try to get the rebound, I'll do my best,' and I'm really happy that I did that," he said.

Estrella finished with 19 points, Orquina had 18, while Menina fired four three-pointers on his way to 14 markers. 

"I was not worried because I knew I had nothing in me, and there was nothing I could really do. So my guys were stepping up so I’m really proud of them. I said, ‘sure why not? ill just stick to defense,’” Oraeme said.

Oraeme also played while feeling sick in Mapua’s first-round match with St. Benilde, and was still able to deliver huge numbers.

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