Akhuetie, Altas put an end to Knights’ rampage

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 22, 2016 02:03 PM
Akhuetie, Altas put an end to Knights’ rampage
STOP, LOOK, AND LISTEN. Bright Akhuetie and Perpetual registered their first statement win of the season at the expense of defending champion Letran.

Bong Quinto secured the rebound and took two steps without dribbling. Moments later, Felix Apreku had a clear shot inside only to give the ball away.

It was that kind of day on Friday at the San Juan Arena for Colegio de San Juan de Letran and University of Perpetual Help was nothing but willing to take advantage.

Bright Akhuetie provided the biggest difference while the Altas’ defense only allowed two points in the last four minutes in a 61-55 decision that stopped the streaking Knights in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The pair of powerhouses went at it right from tip-off and the Las Piñas-based squad only had a one-point lead inside the last four minutes. It was at that point, however, that Quinto and Apreku’s turnovers led to baskets by Gab Dagangon and AJ Coronel for a 59-53 advantage for the Altas with 1:18 remaining.

The Perpetual defense stood strong the rest of the way and only allowed one short stab from Quinto to be added to their opponents’ output.

Dagangon and Coronel scored the clutch baskets and ended with 14 and 13 points, respectively, but it was Akhuetie who had his way from start to finish. The Nigerian student-athlete filled up the stat sheet with 21 points, 16 rebounds, and three blocks.

Akhuetie also anchored a defense that limited Letran to 35 percent shooting. This, all while frustrating usually efficient Jom Sollano into muffing on eight of 11 shots.

“Depensa talaga ang tinutukan namin and gusto namin talaga i-credit sa mga player because they worked hard on defense,” coach Jimwell Gican said. With a win against the defending champions, the Altas are now at 3-2.

On the other hand, the Knights saw their four-game winning streak come to a close with the loss. Rey Nambatac’s 19 points led the effort for the now 4-2 defending champions.

BOX SCORES

PERPETUAL 61 - Akhuetie 21, Dagangon 14, Coronel 13, Pido 7, Dizon 2, Eze 2, Singontiko 2, Hao 0, Oliveria 0, Sadiwa 0, Yuhico 0.

LETRAN 55 - Nambatac 19, Calvo 12, Apreku 6, Quinto 6, Sollano 6, Pambid 4, Dela Pena 2, Ambohot 0, Balagasay 0, Balanza 0, Bernabe 0, Luib 0, Sario 0, Ular 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 6-9, 27-26, 46-44, 61-55.

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