Kouame says incident with Akhuetie ‘wasn’t intentional’

first_imgREAD: Injured Akhuetie returns in Game 1 of UAAP FinalsKouame claimed his collision with Akhuetieat the 6:31 mark of the third quarter that forced UP’s center to hyperextend his left knee was “unintentional.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“That wasn’t intentional. People can get mad and I understand that, but what happened wasn’t intentional,” said the rookie Kouame. “It’s the game of basketball and anything can happen.”Akhuetie was able to return to the game in the fourth quarter at the 7:04 mark but it was a lost cause for the Fighting Maroons as the Blue Eagles captured the 88-79 win Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening01:4420 Sea Games-related incidents so far, says NCRPO02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAngelo Kouame has had an impressive run in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament in becoming Ateneo’s rock and making a case as one of the league’s best big men.His high energy pace on both ends of the floor and quiet on court personality made him an easily likeable fellow among the UAAP-watching community until he had an unfortunate incident with University of the Philippines center Bright Akhuetie in Game 1 of the UAAP Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View comments “It had an effect on me but we’re all players and I have to stay focused on the game. Hopefully, it can help me switch in the coming days, take this out and embrace everything,” said Kouame.“It has an impact on me right now and I never thought this would happen but it happened. I have to step up and live with that because it’s my rookie year and hopefully I’ll be ready for that.” READ: Ravena, Nieto push Ateneo past UP in Game 1Kouame said he tried apologizing to Akhuetie but he was met with deaf ears.“I apologized to him but he doesn’t want to understand but I get his reaction,” said Kouame, who averaged 14.7 points and 12.9 rebounds before the finals.Kouame then, became the target of angry UP crowd while fuming Fighting Maroon supporters hurled unnecessary and vulgar insults on social media.Ateneo’s big man eventually finished with seven points and 12 rebounds but he admitted that the jeers affected his play.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eagles land first blow Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img

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