Clean-cut Akhuetie still a beast on both ends of floor in return from suspension
Bright Akhuetie was dominant in his return from a school-imposed ban. Freddie Dionisio

BRIGHT Akhuetie looked cleaner and gentle as he sported a buzzcut for the first time all season in Perpetual Help’s semifinal clash against San Beda on Friday.

But he remained a beast on both ends of the floor in helping the Altas tame the Red Lions.

The Nigerian reinforcement had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds, while blocking three shots in Perpetual's 87-83 win over San Beda in their NCAA Season 92 Final Four match at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Akhuetie, though, was far from satisfied with his showing, even promising to beast out some more in the do-or-die clash on Tuesday for the right to face Arellano in the finals. 

"(I'm gonna be) better, cause I wanna win. We all want it," said Akhuetie, who returned from a one-game suspension imposed by the university.

That desire to win was evident in the opening period, where the Altas led by as much as 13 points, 21-8. But Perpetual coach Jimwell Gican bared there's much work cut out for them, especially on offense. 

"Next game siguro yan kailangan pa namin iimprove yung offense. We won today because of our defense. In Game 2, kailangan ayusin offense," he said. 

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