UAAP: Bright Akhuetie grateful for MVP season with UP
Santino Honasan on Nov 29, 2018 12:48 PM
"Being the MVP, I thank God I was able to bag that, but I’ve been struggling. I thank God for giving me the strength." - Bright Akhuetie
In just his first year in the UAAP, big man Bright Akhuetie has already made quite the impact.
The Nigerian big man helped lead University of the Philippines to their first Final Four berth since 1997 while posting season averages of 18.9 points, 14.6 rebounds.
Those numbers were enough to give the Diliman-based program their first UAAP MVP in over three decades.
Wednesday night, Akhuetie again helped UP to break another drought and clinch their first Finals berth in 32 years after defeating Adamson in a thrilling semifinals series.
All in all, it's been a highly remarkable season for Akhuetie, and he's nothing short of grateful for the run he's on with the Fighting Maroons so far.
"I really thank God for that, I just feel blessed and happy that I made the right decision," Akhuetie told ABS-CBN Sports just hours after their do-or-die victory against Adamson. "I don’t know how it would have been if I had went someplace else. I thank God I made the right decision."
As impressive as Bright's season has been, the star big man admits that it hasn't been an easy one for him, admitting that he's been dealing with injuries since the beginning of the season.
"It’s been really rough, I won’t lie. It’s been really really tough," he shared. "I’ve been struggling from the start of the season, with injuries and all. I’ve been struggling, I won’t lie."
The MVP plum, Akhuetie says, is nothing short of a blessing.
"Being the MVP, I thank God I was able to bag that, but I’ve been struggling. I thank God for giving me the strength."
Akhuetie and the Fighting Maroons have at most, three games left in the season, and if everything goes their way, they could be hoisting their first UAAP men's basketball title since 1986.
It won't be an easy task however, as they go up against defending champions and top-seed Ateneo de Manila in the Season 81 Finals.
With roughly two days to go before Game 1 on Saturday, Akhuetie hopes to be able to be back in full force once more.
"I hope to get better before Saturday. I’m still cramping right now. I’m sure I’ll be okay by then," he admitted. "I hope to get better and better again and come back in full force."
The UAAP Finals begins on Saturday, December 1st at 3:30 PM. Catch it LIVE on ABS-CBN channel 2, ABS-CBN S+A channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD channel 166, iWant, and on LIVESTREAMING.