THERE'S no doubt in Prince Orizu's mind that Far Eastern University can move on to the UAAP Season 81 Final Four and avoid any complications.
"Definitely," said the Nigerian, back after recovering from a high grade left ankle sprain, after FEU’s 79-74 victory over NU on Sunday.
Orizu is confident that just like in the two teams' first meeting, FEU will come out on top.
"We can do it again. We just have to play together as a team. We have to trust each other, trust the coaches, and trust the system and play like brothers. We got this," he said.
A win would solidify the Tamaraws' case for the four-seed, and will have to hope for a La Salle win over University of the Philippines in the two squads' final assignments to easily progress to the semis.
If both FEU and UP win, or both lose their last games, they will dispute the last Final Four spot in a playoff.
"It's perfect. My timing coming back is perfect," he said. "That's what I'm worried about ever since I got injured, but I'm happy that I was able to play nine minutes and I was able to contribute in that nine minutes I played today."
The Nigerian slotman collected six points and five rebounds in his limited time on the floor.
That statline, considering how the coaching staff of Olsen Racela has treated him with controlled minutes, is a big plus for FEU as Orizu himself believes that he'll be back to 100 percent come Sunday.
"Next game, hopefully I should be back in full health," he said as the Tamaraws eye to give everything they have in this playoff drive.
After all, Orizu doesn't want his streak of making it to the Final Four to come to an end.
"I've never not been in the Final Four since I've played in the UAAP," he said of the stretch that started in FEU's championship year back in Season 78. "I don't want to give up now because of the ups and downs of the team and my injury too. I just take it as a motivation and push myself more towards that game."
"So we'll just go to practice and work on how we can win the game. I know we're gonna come out strong in that game because it's a very important game for us."