Bright Akhuetie on UAAP MVP race: 'I want something that everybody can share'
Danine Cruz on Oct 21, 2018 08:25 PM
"I prefer [the Final Four] than the MVP." -- Bright Akhuetie
Bright Akhuetie of the University of the Philippines was leading the MVP race with 77.00 statistical points by the end of the first round in UAAP Season 81. With how his performance is going in the second round, Akhuetie's chances of getting the plum remains very high.
In their victory against University of the East, Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, he produced 28 points on an efficient 12-of-14 clip, 13 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.
The former NCAA Mythical Team member Akhuetie now has averages of 17.6 points, 14.6 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in the UAAP.
His performance earned him "MVP! MVP!" chants from the delighted fans in the venue. But when asked about it, Akhuetie shared that he wants something bigger.
"Like what Coach Bo [Perasol] said, I would want something better which is for us to get to the Final Four and make it to the finals, win the championship," said Akhuetie referring to an earlier statement made by his coach.
"I prefer those better than [MVP]. It's a good thing though, I'm not saying it's a bad thing. It's a good thing, at least, it shows something like I'm putting in effort but I would want something bigger and better, something that everybody can share," said the Nigerian big man.
At this point of the season, UP, with a 4-5 win-loss slate, is in fifth place together with the University of Santo Tomas. With the unpredictable tone of this season, every remaining game is a must win for the Fighting Maroons to make it to the promised land.
Regardless how tough the narrow road to the top four is, Akhuetie shared that his eyes are set on that and not on the MVP award.
"I'm not fighting for it [MVP]. If I get it at the end of the season, good but if it is something like everybody thinks I'm gonna try everyday to put in numbers to get it, no, that is not what I'm about," said Akhuetie.
Angelo Kouame of the Ateneo de Manila University and Alvin Pasaol of the University of the East are some of the other contenders for the highest individual award in the league.
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