Bright Akhuetie powers Perpetual past JRU in double OT to secure playoff for Final Four berth
Bright Akhuetie scored six straight points to help force a second overtime, where Perpetual pulled away with the win over JRU. Dante Peralta

BRIGHT Akhuetie came up with the clutch hits to help Perpetual Help outlast Jose Rizal University in double overtime, 89-80, in the NCAA Season 92 seniors basketball tournament on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Akhuetie led the Altas with 28 points and 17 rebounds, but made six straight points in overtime to force a second extension where they managed to hold off a resilient Heavy Bombers squad spearheaded by TeyTey Teodoro.

Gab Dagangon contributed 16 points while Daryl Singontiko and Genmar Ilagan, two players who also stepped up big to erase a 7-point fourth quarter deficit, added 13 and 10, respectively.

With the thrilling win, Perpetual now have an 11-4 record for a share of second place with San Beda. The Altas also secured a playoff for a Final Four berth with the victory

Meanwhile, JRU fell to 9-7 despite Teodoro’s late game flurry that forced the first overtime. Teodoro, who finished with 23 points, also fouled out in the second overtime, and Perpetual took full advantage of a JRU squad without its top gun.

Mark Dela Virgen and Ervin Grospe had 13 points apiece for JRU, and Jordan Dela Paz added 11 in a losing effort.

The scores:

Perpetual 89 — Akhuetie 28, Dagangon 16, Singontiko 13, Ilagan 10, Coronel 9, Pido 6, Sadiwa 4, Dizon 0, Gallardo 0.

JRU 80 — Teodoro 23, Dela Virgen 13, Grospe 13, Dela Paz 11, Abdul Wahab 6, Pontejos 6, Cruz 4, Mendoza 3, Poutouochi 2, Lasquety 0.

Quarterscores: 14-11; 27-28; 43-43; 64-64; 74-74; 89-80. 

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