To Akhuetie, it's just the same basketball
Danine Cruz on Sep 08, 2018 06:32 PM
Akhuetie finally makes UAAP debut and it was a good one.
From being an NCAA star two years ago, Bright Akhuetie officially made his debut as a UP Fighting Maroon in the UAAP on Saturday afternoon.
Flirting with a double-double stat line as early as the first half, Akhuetie finished his first game for the Maroons with 15 points, 18 rebounds, and two assists.
"Thank God I finally got to play. Right now I just have to get used to the process of getting back and playing hard," said Akhuetie.
Having now experienced both major college leagues in the Philippines, Akhuetie thinks that amidst the bigger venue and the louder crowd, there is not much stark difference after all.
"UAAP is really big, you can tell from the arena and the crowd. You can tell it’s really big, but it’s still the same basketball," said the Nigerian student-athlete.
"I just conditioned myself. I just told myself go out there and play," said the Nigerian student-athlete.
The Fighting Maroons had a dominant first outing in Season 81 as they crushed University of the East with an 87-58 rout. Akhuetie dazzled on both ends much to the delight of the Diliman faithful.
UP will have a tall order in their next game on Wednesday as they face the defending champions, the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
Moreover, Akhuetie will be turning 22 on Wednesday and he wants nothing but a celebration.
"I trust my coaches, we’re just gonna go back and prepare. I want them to give me a birthday gift which is a win on Wednesday," he said.