PRINCE Orizu admitted he committed a travelling violation when he went for a breakaway slam in the fourth quarter of Far Eastern University’s match against University of Santo Tomas.
“If LeBron James can get away with a travel, I can travel too,” said Orizu in jest.
He had a respectable offensive output with nine points, but Orizu takes pride in his rebounding effort for the Tamaraws this season.
The Nigerian big man was at his best in rebounding on Saturday, hauling down 13 boards as he joined forces with Raymar Jose, who had 10, in FEU’s 79-72 win over UST.
With their effort on Saturday, the two now share a team-best 11.3 rebounds a game following their effort on the boards.
Orizu having Jose by his side takes the pressure off him with the rebounding chores.
“I know that playing with Raymar, with him playing four and me playing the five, we are going to be better in rebounding. Now, I know that I’m fully confident in getting the rebound,” said Orizu.
With several dominant big men in the UAAP including Ben Mbala of La Salle and Alfred Aroga of National University, the 6-foot-8 Orizu is glad to be also doing his role well.
"I feel that I have more responsibilities on defense this year. I have to do my part on defense first because if I get the rebound, we can go for offensive plays,” said Orizu.
Orizu, however, feels there is still room for improvement for the Tamaraws even with their three-game winning run.
“We still have a lot to adjust to. But winning three straight is a big boost for us going into our last game of the first round. If we have the same effort, we will continue to win,” said Orizu.