Akhuetie, Eze move on from 'heartbreak' to team up anew

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 29, 2019 05:42 PM
Akhuetie, Eze move on from 'heartbreak' to team up anew
Prince Eze and Bright Akhuetie, once teammates in Perpetual, are now together again as members of the 2019 All-Collegiate Team

UAAP 81 MVP Bright Akhuetie and NCAA 94 MVP Prince Eze were, at one point in time, teammates.

Yes, 6-foot-8 hulking Akhuetie and 6-foot-11 towering Eze once formed a fearsome frontline for University of Perpetual Help.

That was back in 2015 and 2016, the latter of which was when they helped the Altas move one win away from the Finals.

A year later, however, Akhuetie transferred from Las Pinas to Diliman.

Two years since and Eze still feels the pain. "I felt heartbroken. I mean, we used to hang out together all the time," he answered, to laughs of those present in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Awards, after being asked how he felt about what happened.

The good news, though, was that the Nigerian saw silver linings from his good friend's trek to the north of Metro Manila. As he put it, "Because of him, I learned to be alone."

Along with that, Eze also broke out and in his last year in wine and gold, putting Perps on his back all the way to the Final Four. For his Herculean effort, he was recognized as the season's top individual player.

And in the same year, Akhuetie did so too for the University of the Philippines.

The UAAP's best player provided the paint presence the Fighting Maroons have long been lacking as they made their first Final Four in 21 years and then their first Finals in 32 years.

For his own Herculean effort, Akhuetie was himself named into the 2019 All-Collegiate Team and funnily enough, accepted his award right after Eze. Asked for a response to what the latter had said, the former answered, again to laughs of the crowd, "We still see each other every weekend. Come on, man! Don't be so emotional about it."

Indeed, even though the Nigerians are now in different schools, they will remain good friends.

And now, they can celebrate the fact that they are on one team once again - the 2019 All-Collegiate Team.

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