Did fatigue take its toll on Perpetual’s Akhuetie?
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 05, 2016 08:24 PM
TIRED AND WEARY. Bright Akhuetie and Perpetual's last game in NCAA Season 92 ended with a whimper.
Following a big-time win that extended their semifinals series against San Beda College, University of Perpetual Help’s campaign in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament wound up with a whimper.
Defeated by 15 points, the Altas’ Finals drought continues for the 13th year.
A 22-10 run by the Red Lions bridging the third and fourth quarters took the fight out of the Las Pinas-based school. So much so that man in the middle Bright Akhuetie was no longer on the court for the last six minutes or so.
Explaining their decision to sit their Nigerian star late in a do-or-die game, coach Jimwell Gican said, “Fatigue factor, kalaban na rin namin kanina.”
He then continued, “Sa hirap ba naman ng ginawa namin nung first game, kapag (pagod) na ang umatake, kahit sinong magaling, mayayari.”
In the end, Akhuetie only had eight points and 10 rebounds in below than average 22.3 minutes.
Gican then went on to say that it was clear San Beda schemed around the Perpetual powerhouse. As he put it, “Talagang naghanda rin sila para sa kanya. ‘Di siya masyado nakapag-adjust.”
The Altas’ mentor also credited the defense of first-year center Ben Adamos who didn’t back down from battling Akhuetie. “Isa rin yun. Kita niyo naman, talagang nagbabakbakan silang dalawa so eepekto na talaga yung pagod,” he expressed.
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