Just at 40 percent, Akhuetie already dominating

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 01, 2016 07:11 PM
Just at 40 percent, Akhuetie already dominating
THE RETURN. Bright Akhuetie is just at 40 percent, but he already had more than enough to lead Perpetual to victory.

Sidelined in University of Perpetual Help’s first assignment because of a sprained right knee, Bright Akhuetie didn’t waste time reinforcing his dominance in his debut in the 92nd Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The second-year center pounded in 19 points and eight rebounds on Friday at the San Juan Arena and put the Altas on his back all the way into the win column.

All of those came with his health far from 100 percent. Updating reporters about his status, the 19-year-old Nigerian said he was only at 40 percent.

Only at 40 percent and already collecting 19 points and eight rebounds, should we expect Akhuetie to at least double his output once he’s at full health? He responded, “I hope so. It’s difference in every game, but I’ll try my best.”

Actually, Perpetual’s man in the middle wasn’t even supposed to play yet. A week ago, he told ABS-CBN Sports, “I’ll be back maybe third game.”

In the middle of the first quarter of their matchup on Friday, however, Akhuetie made his way onto the court to the surprise of just about everybody. Explaining his surprising appearance, he told ABS-CBN Sports, “Most of my teammates aren’t 100 percent right now so I thought I shouldn’t just sit on the bench.”

He then continued, “And before I knew it, I was on the floor and playing.”

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