A BUM stomach wasn't enough to keep Arinze Onuaku from suiting up in his comeback game in the PBA.
The burly import hardly showed the effects of dehydration as he was all about business Wednesday night when he powered Meralco to a 116-103 win over Columbian Dyip in the Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Onuaku was near-perfect from the field, shooting 14-of-15 to finish with a game-high 30 points and grabbing 19 rebounds in the Bolts’ debut game in the mid-season meet.
The numbers were impressive enough considering Onuaku was a game-time decision against the Dyip owing to a stomach virus.
“I woke up not feeling good again today,” admitted the former Best Import, who missed the team’s practices since Friday last week. “But they kept me involved in the game plan on what we’re gonna do. Guys made some shots and that opened things up for me a little bit.”
Onuaku had exactly no idea what made him sick, although he disclosed suffering the same condition the first time he played for the Bolts two years ago.
“I get sick every time I come here,” said the 30-year-old former NBA player, who wore a hooded jacket to keep himself warm after the game.
But he’ll be fine, according to Onuaku, adding he just needs another day of rest and will be ready to get going again in a game opposite Globalport on Friday.
“I just try to give my team what I could today. But I’ll get some rest and get some extra hydration,” he said. “I only got one more day and I’ll try to do it again.”
Meralco coach Norman Black paid the perfect complement to his import.
“Hats off to him for at least coming in and supporting the local players, and playing very, very well,” said the Meralco mentor.