PERPETUAL Help center Bright Akhuetie insisted he wasn't out to prove anything in his clutch outing against fellow Cameroonian Mike Nzeusseu of Lyceum when their teams met for the first time in NCAA Season 92 on Friday.
Nzeusseu had the better numbers, finishing with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks against Akhuetie's 13 markers, 13 boards, and three swats.
But the Altas big man had the last laugh, scoring 10 of his 13 in the endgame and leading Perpetual to victory over the Pirates, 71-68, to improve their mark to 5-2.
On the other hand, Nzeusseu, who was coming off a 26-point, 24-rebound game against San Sebastian, ended up with just three points in the final period as the Pirates had their three-game winning run snapped.
Akhuetie, however, played down his clutch performance against the Cameroonian rising star.
“No, I just came out to play basketball as always,” said Akhuetie. “I actually struggled but the good thing is we won.”
Akhuetie said he finally turned it up a notch higher in the fourth quarter where he even scored eight straight points at one point of the match.
“I just have to come out and make sure that we win. The fourth quarter is all that matters. Go hard or go home,” said Akhuetie.