Yee Chun Leong
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
LAST year’s disappointment may all be forgotten for Juramas import Udun Osakue.
Juramas were knocked out by D’Sunlit in the semi-finals (of the SpeedSend Cup) last year after losing 108-105 in double overtime where Osakue fouled out with over a minute left in the second extra period.
It was all erased (despite both Juramas and D'Sunlit combining their rosters this year) as the American notched a game-high of 38 points and was named the MVP after leading Juramas to a 113-99 victory over favourites Easyway in the final to be crowned champions of the MK Group Cup last night.
“It feels good (after last year’s disappointment). Carl (Montgomery) and I had a sour taste in our mouths last year,” said Osakue in an interview with BruSports News after the win.
“It's also great because we put in a lot of hard work and we were motivated,” he added.
“We did a lot of sacrifices but didn’t do too much and stayed in gym. I’m very proud of how he played and how we all played. I’m happy for everybody,” continued the 24-year-old.
Osakue set the tone early in the game attacking the basket aggressively and scored the first seven points for his team for 14 first quarter points.
When asked about his performance, the American replied: “It felt great as we got some work in the morning and made sure I’m ready.
“I stretched a lot and have been focusing and meditating on the game on what I have do… how I’m gonna play defence and win this game,” he concluded.