SO far, Perpetual Help coach Aric Del Rosario has no complaints about the Altas’ new Nigerian reinforcements Bright Akhuetie and Prince Eze.
Del Rosario said he is happy with the attitude of the two Nigerians, both about 6 feet 8 inches, in his roster, promoting harmony within the Altas squad that is preparing for NCAA Season 91.
Akhuetie, who already served two years of residency while playing in the Fr. Martin Cup for Perpetual Help, had a good debut in the Filoil preseason tournament by posting 15 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Letran.
More than the play of the Nigerian that helped Perpetual Help win a few offseason crowns, the former longtime University of Santo Tomas coach likes Akhuetie’s attitude.
“Kampante ako kasi sa attitude, walang toyo. Ilalabas mo, walang sumpong,” said Del Rosario.
The same with Eze, according to Del Rosario.
“Pareho sila. Hindi sila nag-aaway. Unlike nung nakaraan,” said Del Rosario, referring to an incident a few years ago involving Femi Babayemi and Nicholas Omorogbe.
In 2013, Babayemi was taken out of the Altas squad was moved to the school’s Biñan campus, after reportedly missing practices. But Del Rosario couldn’t help but reveal the true reason to reporters, confirming that the two former Perpetual Help imports had an altercation during one practice.
“Nag-ensayo tapos naghabulan ng saksak,” said Del Rosario. “Sa edad kung ito, hindi ka ba aatakehin nun?”
“Inawat ko eh pero ang lalaki, tumilapon ako,” added Del Rosario, already in his 70s. “Sabi ko na lang, ‘Bahala na kayo diyan.’”
The good news for Del Rosario is that Akhuetie and Eze are very much different.
“Isang tribo lang sila,” said Del Rosario. “Unlike nung nakaraan, dalawang tribo kaya nag-aaway.”