University of Perpetual Help System DALTA’s Nigerian student-athlete Bright Akhuetie vowed the San Beda Red Lions were beatable after their first round encounter. The big man more than made sure that he and the Altas exact revenge on the defending champions in their epic second round encounter.
Akhuetie finished with 31 points and 11 rebounds and highlighted it with an fantastic game-winning basket at the buzzer in outplaying Adeogun anew as the Altas edged the Red Lions, 88-86. That performance was enough for 18-year-old Nigerian to be adjudged the NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week, the second time that he plucked the weekly individual plum – a fitting birthday gift for the Nigerian who just turned 19 last Saturday.
“I know we can beat them. After the first round, we talked to ourselves that we have to make it even,” Akhuetie said. But more so than his eye-popping stats and the game winner, that game will be remembered for one glaring play – a play that will be replayed in the tournament highlight reel for years to come.
With over three minutes left and Perpetual trailing by one, Akhuetie received a pass from Scottie Thompson near the elbow and soared right in front of Adeogun before throwing down a monstrous tomahawk jam to posterize the San Beda center. The play of the year candidate sent the Perpetual gallery into a frenzy. “Even I didn’t see it coming. I’d have to give credit to Scottie for that pass. When it’s Ola defending you, you have to go hard like that to score,” the soft-spoken Nigerian added.
ACCEL Quantum/3XVI-NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week
|Player of the Week||Name||School|
|Week 2, Week 7||Scottie Thompson||UPHSD|
|Week 3||Mark Cruz||CSJL|
|Week 4||Kevin Racal||CSJL|
|Week 5||Jorem Morada||EAC|
|Week 6||Tey Teodoro||JRU|
|Week 8||Art Dela Cruz||SBC|
|Week 9||Jio Jalalon||AU|
|Week 1, Week 10||Bright Akhuetie||UPHSD|
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