Akhuetie fulfills promise with monster 44-point, 19-rebound double-double
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 03, 2015 05:44 PM
MONEY IN THE BANK. Bright Akhuetie promised to bounce back after a subpar debut and turned in a 44-point, 19-rebound monster double-double to prove his point.
The last time ABS-CBN caught up with University of Perpetual Help’s Bright Akhuetie, he was coming off a subpar performance of nine points, 11 rebounds, and five turnovers.
Still, the Altas got away with a season-opening victory and the Nigerian remained upbeat while promising this writer, “I’ll have to make adjustments next time.”
On Friday at the San Juan Arena, Akhuetie did just that and outmuscled the College of St. Benilde Blazers by himself en route to a 44-point, 19-rebound monster of a double-double. With the same confidence he had after his subpar debut, the Perpetual center told ABS-CBN Sports, “I told y’all I was gonna bounce back.”
During the post-win interview, the Nigerian re-emphasized, “I struggled the other game so I just came out to play today.”
Asked if he had any idea he was working his way towards a monster of a double-double, Akhuetie replied, “No, I didn’t know I was scoring 40 already. I was just playing.”
The Nigerian also humbly deflected praise back to teammates like reigning MVP Scottie Thompson who ended up with a triple-double with 14 points, 10 assists, and 12 rebounds. “My teammates are just making me look good,” he said.
More than fulfilling the promise that made his a highly-touted recruit heading into the season, Akhuetie’s unwavering confidence whether coming off dominant and subpar performances can only make the Altas happier with their new star.
“I don’t really care about scoring. All I care about is the win,” he concluded.
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