Foiled dunk attempts fail to dampen bright mood of Akhuetie
Bright Akhuetie failed to posterize Sidney Onwubere as he got hacked on the tomahawk slam attempt. Dante Peralta

BRIGHT Akhuetie nearly brought the house down on two occasions late in Perpetual Help’s lopsided win over Emilio Aguinaldo College on Tuesday.

With the game already settled, Akhuetie wanted to punctuate the win with a tomahawk dunk but Hamadou Laminou blocked the jam. Fortunately, Perpetual’s Daryl Singontiko was there to pick up the miss and convert on a sure layup.

Akhuetie had another chance for a highlight slam, this time on a three-on-one break. Running down the middle of the court, the Perpetual Help center received the ball from Gab Dagangon and soared for another tomahawk but got hacked by EAC’s Sidney Onwubere.

The two dunk tries nearly electrified the sparse crowd at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan, but Akhuetie made it clear he wasn’t out to embarrass anybody but was only trying to get his head in the game.

And he thought there was no better way to do that than with a rousing slam.

“No, not at all. I was just trying to get myself back together. I think I slept on the way to the game and I kinda lost my head,” said Akhuetie with a smile.

“I want to go hard. I really wanted to go hard. The best way to do that is to go hard to the basket,” said Akhuetie.

The Altas big man still finished the game with a double-double, tallying 13 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks in the Altas’ 71-59 victory over the Generals.

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