AT last, the real Bright Akhuetie showed up.
The Nigerian big man finally played like the bluechip recruit University of the Philippines expected him to be, scoring 20 points and grabbin 20 rebounds on Wednesday in a close 69-68 defeat at the hands of Adamson.
The former Perpetual Help star averaged 10.67 points and 12.67 rebounds in the team's first three games of the season - two of them losses - but looked rejuvenated in the thrilling game against the Falcons.
"I'm doing acupuncture and it really helps me in coming back," Akhuetie said, now a believer of the traditional Chinese medicine involving thin needles. "I'm feeling better now thanks to governor Jonvic Remulla who is a big supporter of the team. He hooked me up with a doctor who kinda helped me out and I feel better now."
The Maroons are 1-3 for the season but Akhuetie is not alarmed, confident the team's game and his own form are on the rise.
"Of course, people are going to be concerned, our supporters, our sponsors, and our fans. But we'll get there. We'll keep our heads up, focus on the next one, and make sure we get it," he said.
"It's a process. I guess I'll get there before our next game. I just want to bounce back real hard."