ARINZE Onuaku rediscovered his offensive brilliance, scoring while also involving his teammates in Meralco's series-tying win over Alaska.
Coming in averaging just 11.3 points and 2.7 assists in his last three games dating back to the eliminations as he succumbed to double and triple-teams, Onuaku overcame the Aces defense and wound up with 22 points and six assists.
“I just had to be smarter and make the right decisions,” Onuaku told Spin.ph after the game. “I’ve been double-teamed all year, so it’s up to me to make the right pass or to be able to score when I can.”
The 6-foot-9 American big man’s aggressiveness was evident in drawing fouls as he had 14 free-throw attempts, matching his attempts in his last three games combined.
He capped his performance with a putback off a Jared Dillinger missed triple that gave the Bolts a 90-85 lead with 13.7 seconds left.
“I got to stay aggressive,” Onuaku said. “I can’t the double-team take me out of my game.”
Bolts coach Norman Black praised his prized ward for heeding his call and showing his scoring and passing skills.
“He played almost the entire game and he was much more effective offensively today,” Black said of Onuaku, who also had 14 rebounds, one block, and one steal in almost 45 minutes of play.
“There were quick passes coming from Arinze to his teammates all the way to the other side to JD which really left him wide open.”