Altas will only get better with rookie big man Bright Akhuetie around, says Scottie Thompson
Perpetual Help teammates Bright Akhuetie and Scottie Thompson celebrate after the Nigerian rookie executed an emphatic two-handed slam dunk. Jerome Ascano

PERPETUAL Help guard Scottie Thompson admitted having Bright Akhuetie on board in NCAA Season 91 has make life easier for him and the Altas.

After Juneric Baloria and Harold Arboleda departed from the Altas, Thompson has taken over as the face of Perpetual Help in its campaign this season especially following his stint with Gilas Pilipinas cadets in the 28th Southeast Asian Games.

The Altas, however, got a big boost prior to the season with the addition of Akhuetie, a Nigerian import who became eligible to play this year after taking residency last season.

It didn’t take long for Akhuetie to show his real worth after the Nigerian came through with a monster game of 44 points and 19 rebounds in the Altas’ 77-69 win over College of Saint Benilde last Friday.

Thompson said having Akhuetie around has also allowed him to become an even better passer. The team’s assists leader last year, Thompson dished out 10 assists in the win over the Blazers to complete his triple-double effort that included 14 points and 12 rebounds.

“Go hard naman siya talaga lagi. Nagkaroon kami ng big man na ganito kagaling. Sarap pasahan kasi kapag pinasahan mo, talagang ma-fifinish niya,” said Thompson, who also echoed head coach Aric Del Rosario’s statement that Akhuetie is heaven sent to the team.

Akhuetie downplayed his individual effort though, crediting his teammates for helping him get that kind of stats line.

“My teammates are doing it for me. They are making me look good,” said Akhuetie.

Thompson stressed the importance of being a willing passer to give his teammates confidence during the season.

“Trabaho lang din. Iniisip ko rin ‘yung mga teammates ko. Bonus na sa akin kung nagka-stats ako ng ganun,” he said.


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