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‘Bright Akhuetie is Family’ as Jun Manzo has no regret fouling out on last game


Jun Manzo may not have ended his UAAP career on his own terms, but the fans will still remember his sacrifice that he made for the UP Fighting Maroons.

Although Manzo is more than glad to spend his collegiate career in Diliman, he was still hurt that UP was not able to reach the Finals once again.

“Wala eh, ginawa namin lahat sa game kanina. Wala naman akong pinagsisisihan,” the 22-year-old said.

“Umiyak lang ako kasi malungkot ako na hindi namin naabot yung goal na pumasok sa Finals.”

Manzo was doing great for himself in the do-or-die matchup against UST Growling Tigers, making big shots when it mattered most for the Maroons.

With over two minutes left in the game, however, Bright Akhuetie was seen limping after aggravating his left ankle, and someone has to foul a UST player for the referee to blow a whistle.

It was the former UV Lancer standout who forced a foul, but he also saw himself being disqualified out of the game after he committed his fifth foul of the game.

“Akala ko kasi third foul ko lang, so finoul lo kasi nakita kong si Bright nakahiga sa court kanina. Hindi ko inexpect na fouled out pala ako.”

“Nalungkot ako kasi kaunti na lang, two minutes na lang. Pero wala akong pinagsisisihan.”

In the end, the graduating UP guard tallied 12 points and five rebounds in what was his last game of his UAAP career after getting knocked out by UST.

Sure, Manzo may have unceremoniously ended his stint with UP by fouling out of the game, but he has no regrets fouling out for Akhuetie.

After all, he would still do it for Bright had he knew that he already has four fouls on his name.

“Gagawin ko pa rin ‘yon kasi family ko si Bright and hindi ko hahayaang may mangyari sa kanya,” Manzo shared.