Akhuetie rises as Perpetual wrecks CSB

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 03, 2015 04:23 PM
Akhuetie rises as Perpetual wrecks CSB
THERE HE IS. Bright Akhuetie finally exhibited his much-publicized dominance in Perpetual's second win in a row.

It took him longer than expected, but Bright Akhuetie finally exhibited the dominance that got him so much attention heading into the NCAA 91 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The University of Perpetual Help’s Nigerian reinforcement was his much publicized unstoppable self with 44 points and 17 rebounds to power the Altas through the College of St. Benilde Blazers, 77-69, on Friday at the San Juan Arena.

Akhuetie was a man on a mission from the start and pounded in 27 points and 12 rebounds in the first half alone, nearly outworking the entire CSB side which only mustered 28 markers and 14 boards. Perpetual did not look back from there and ran all the way to their second straight win.

Entering the press room, the 6’8” Nigerian told ABS-CBN Sports, “I told y’all I was gonna bounce back.” Akhuetie was upbeat even after an uninspiring debut last Saturday and told ABS-CBN Sports then, “I’ll have to make adjustments next time.”

Adding to the Altas’ victories, reigning MVP Scottie Thompson posted his first triple-double in just the second game of the season with 14 points, 10 assists, and 12 rebounds.

The Blazers’ effort was bannered by JR Ongteco’s 23 points which clearly far from enough to prevent his team from falling to 0-2.

BOX SCORES

PERPETUAL 77 – Akhuetie 44, Thompson 14, Coronel 8, Ylagan 3, Dagangon 3, Dizon 0, Tamayo 0, Gallardo 0, Sadiwa 0, Elopre 0, Cabiltes 0, Pido 0

CSB 69 – Ongteco 23, Grey 18, Jonson 9, Domingo 9, Fajarito 3, Nayve 2, Castor 2, Saavedra 2, San Juan 1, Sta. Maria 0

QUARTER SCORES: 17-11, 40-28, 55-48, 77-69

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