MANILA, Philippines — Bright Akhuetie's status for the Game 2 of the UAAP finals between University of the Philippines (UP) and Ateneo de Manila University is still unsure as he is still set to undergo further tests in the coming days.
"I don't know yet, but fingers crossed," said Akhuetie a day after he suffered the injury.
"I have to do the second evaluation tomorrow before I know what's up," he added.
On Monday, two days before Game 2, he will be undergoing other tests for further assessment. As of press time, the diagnosis is a hyperextended left knee.
"I can walk, like there is no discomfort. But run, I haven't tried," he explained.
Akhuetie succumbed to pain while clinging to his left knee midway in the third quarter of Game 1 after a contact from Ange Kouame.
"I was like 'Oh God, no no no, I was just like no no no,' I didn't know where I was going. I opened my eyes, all I can see was just lights. I thought from the way I fell, I actually thought it was worse, that I couldn't get up, but I did so thank God," said Akhuetie.
He was wheeled to the dugout to receive medical attention but with seven minutes left in the fourth, he came back to the bench and eventually the game to the surprise of the fans in attendance.
"While I was on the bench, I saw Gelo [Vito] guarding [Ange] Kouame and I was like no, this is a mismatch, I have to get back in there. I don't have to wait, let me get back in there now. I want to show them that I will be there please," he said.
"It was all adrenaline, but after the game, that is when I started to feel the pain," he said.
Despite his return, the Fighting Maroons still fell short as they surrendered the first game to the Blue Eagles, 88-79.
Aside from the tests he will take on Monday, he was already brought to UP-Philippine General Hospital for x-ray and MRI scan right after Game 1.
Whether Akhuetie will be seeing minutes for UP on Wednesday or not, he is still set to be awarded as the UAAP Season 81 MVP on that day.
This story originally appeared on the ABS-CBN Sports website.