Explosion versus CSB as important as other games for Player of the Week Akhuetie

Rejj Sibayan (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

SAN JUAN, MM—After having a relatively sloppy NCAA debut against Lyceum on Tuesday, Bright Akhuetie put on a show in Perpetual Help's second straight win in the league on Friday.

And it came against CSB, the same team that experienced the power of the 6-6 Nigerian center during the FilOil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup last May.

In an encore to that 35-point, 20-rebound performance, Akhuetie erupted for 44 markers and 19 boards in their NCAA clash.

But asked by sportswriters on how he gets pumped up to play against the Blazers, he answered, "I don't know."

He added that he was too focused in the game, a 77-69 victory by the Altas, that it never crossed his mind that he already scored 40.

"I was just playing. I don't really care about scoring. All I care about is the win," Akhuetie said.

Also, he told the press that playing against the Blazers is of the same significance as that of the other games.

"I treat every game as important, not just CSB," Akhuetie continued.

On the other hand, he lauded his teammates for helping him achieve his A-game, and he believes that through them, he can continue impressing the NCAA fans.

"As long as I have these great guys, I can sustain this performance until the end," Akhuetie uttered.

Bright's glaring numbers, the most impressive the NCAA has ever seen in recent times, earned him the nod as the Accel-Quantum XVI-NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week, besting teammate Scottie Thompson, who had a triple-double against CSB, and San Beda's Arth Dela Cruz, who led his team to two straight wins as well. The announcement was made on Sunday.

"Wala akong masabi kay Bright, kasi go-all-out naman talaga lagi yan. Saka nagkaroon lang kami ng big man na ganyan, so 'pag mainit siya, ang sarap pasahan kasi 'pag pinasahan mo, talagang mafi-finish niya," said the reigning MVP Thompson, who dished two late assists to Akhuetie that led to emphatic slams.