Suspended Akhuetie says he and Perpetual are ‘all good’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 23, 2016 07:28 PM
MIA. Bright Akhuetie re-assured the Perpetual faithful that all is well.
University of Perpetual Help was defeated by Mapua Institute of Technology in the battle for the third-seed on Friday at the San Juan Arena.
Dominated by Allwell Oraeme and Joseph Eriobu who merged for 24 points and 30 rebounds, the Altas could have used the player who wasn’t there – Bright Akhuetie.
As it turns out, the hulking Nigerian had no injury of any sort. However, he was at the receiving end of a disciplinary action by his school.
“Ni-suspend kasi ng school si Bright kasi may ginawa siya na hindi katanggap-tanggap sa management,” coach Jimwell Gican shared.
The first-year mentor opted not to go deeper into details. He also admitted being uncertain about Akhuetie’s return in saying, “Hindi namin alam kung makakabalik siya next week. Internal kasi yung nangyari (kaya) depende pa sa management.”
For his part, however, Akhuetie said he will be back in action in Perpetual’s next game. As he put it, still bright as ever, “It’s nothing serious. The board of Perpetual decided for one-game suspension for insubordination.”
He also quickly clarified, “But we are all good though.”
Whatever happens, Gican said the Altas will be ready. “Kaya naman namin kahit wala si Bright kasi simpleng laro lang ang basketball,” he said.
Still, he also added he hoped to have his hulking Nigerian, “Iba pa rin kung nandyan siya kasi mas madali kami nakaka-score.”
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