Mababait silang mga players -- Altas coach Del Rosario
Mark Escarlote on Jul 17, 2015 04:08 PM
Siguro lahat ng pinaghirapan ko sa practice, sa mga extra work nagbubunga ngayon --- Earl Scottie Thompson
University of Perpetual Help head coach Aric Del Rosario has nothing but praise for his main gunners Earl Scottie Thompson and Nigerian import Bright Akuetie.
Not just for the production that the duo deliver every game day to keep the Altas’ record a perfect 4-0, but also for the character that they show inside the court.
“Si Scott yung ugali (ang maganda). Hindi niya iniisip na siya ang star sa team. Dinadala niya ang team,” said the 75-year-old mentor.
Standing 6-foot-8, Akhuetie, to Del Rosario could dish out monster numbers, but what he likes about his big man is his gentle demeanor.
“Si Bright naman mabait din siyang player,” said the fourth year Altas coach.
"Hindi niya binu-bully ang mga kasama niya kapag nagkakamali. Tinutulungan niya ang mga kasama niya kapag nagkakamali. Yun ang maganda sa kanya,” he added.
Reigning Most Valuable Player Thompson registered his second triple-double of the season with 21 points in 8-of-17 field goal shooting, 15 rebounds and 14 assists to lead the Altas to its fourth straight win in as many outings against the San Sebastian Stags, 84-70.
“Siguro lahat ng pinaghirapan ko sa practice, sa mga extra work nagbubunga ngayon,” said the member of 28th Southeast Asian Games gold medal winner Gilas cadets.
“Nadadala ko na rin kung paano kumuha ng triple-double pero hindi ko naman iniisip yun,” added Thompson. “Ang iniisip ko lang makatulong sa team at ma-involve ang mga kasama ko and kung may chance tumira, titira. Kung nasa pabor sa akin ang pag-rebound sa bola kukunin ko.”
Akhuetie, for his part, had 20 point and 23 rebounds with three assists and a pair of blocks for Perpetual.
“We actually played like what we practiced, to come out and win,” said the gentle giant.
The Altas may have racked up four straight wins but the battle is far from over as Perpetual takes on the Letran Knights on July 23.
And expect the two to be there leading the way for Del Rosario and the Las Pinas-based squad.
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