Akhuetie says Perpetual has ‘no time’ to fight EAC
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 22, 2015 09:26 PM
AFTERMATH. Bright Akhuetie was the voice of reason for Perpetual after their parking lot incident with EAC.
Last year’s infamous on-court brawl haunted the NCAA anew when Emilio Aguinaldo College’s Raymund Pascua and Sidney Onwubere got involved with University of Perpetual Help’s Niko Cabiltes after their teams’ matchup on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena parking lot.
The three were said to have thrown punches before venue security and other teammates separated them. Earlier, Cabiltes and Pascua were involved in a flare-up right when the Perpetual-EAC matchup was ending and the two, along with EAC’s Max Diego, were ejected.
Both teams are pointing fingers at each other and the NCAA is still investigating the incident.
The Altas claimed that they were all gathering at the parking lot because they were waiting for the bus that would take them to their team dinner. It was there that, according to GJ Ylagan, “Binalikan nila (Pascua and Onwubere) kami at ayaw paawat. Ayun, kagulo na.”
The Perpetual players who were on scene said it was the other side that started it all with Nestor Bantayan even claiming, “Hindi kami makikipag-away. Masisira pa ang image ng Perpetual.”
In the end for the Altas, it was musclebound six-foot eight-inch Bright Akhuetie who kept kept telling his riled up teammates, “Cmon! Cmon! We have no time to fight them.”
He also added, referring to the fact that EAC has long been out of contention while Perpetual currently stands tied for first, “They have nothing to lose. Cmon!”
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