PRINCE Orizu and Far Eastern University are racing against time as an alarming four-game slide sent them reeling the UAAP Season 81 after a strong finish to the first round.
The Tamaraws are currently at sixth place with a 5-6 record as they haven’t won a game since momentarily taking the top spot after the first seven games of the season.
Orizu’s leg injury is one of the primary reasons for that, with the Tamaraws not having an answer to big men such as Angelo Kouame, Bright Akhuetie, and Justine Baltazar of La Salle over the past four games.
The 6-foot-8 Nigerian big man was seen warming up in their loss to La Salle, which is always a welcome development for the Tamaraws entering their final three games of the season.
The Tamaraws will be taking on the UE Red Warriors on Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo in a bid to just stop the bleeding.
“I’m just hoping I get okay before next game which is on Sunday cause the doctor (said) I have to take it step by step. I can’t rush the process. But I’m recovering well because I did a little of treadmill today. So I could jog now but I can’t really run fast cause there’s still pain in the ankle,” said Orizu.
“I’m doing everything I can to come back because I don’t like seeing my team like that. If I was there it’s gonna be a lot different than what is going on in the team. It’s so sad seeing my teammates so down like that so I’m just trying to motivate them the best way I can,” he added.
“By God’s grace I’m gonna be back on Sunday. The doctor said I’m actually doing pretty well, my recovery is really fast. I just hope I can recover fast so next game I’m there.”
Usually healthy, Orizu rued the timing of the injury, with his recovery coming against some of the biggest teams in the league.
The soft-spoken big man couldn’t help but shed a tear as he helplessly watched his team give up easy buckets underneath after another.
With him around, he vows that it won’t happen to them anymore.
“I was shedding a little bit of tear, which I don’t wanna be on camera like that but it was emotion that I could not help. Cause I know if I’m there those guys can’t get those buckets, those easy buckets, they’re gonna bleed for it,” said Orizu.
“Nobody was expecting I’m gonna get injured. I have not been injured for over four years. It’s really frustrating. I just have to get back and hopefully do better when I get back.”