BRIGHT Akhuetie took full advantage of the NCAA's long break due to the country's hosting of the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament, and it paid off with a dominating performance on Thursday as Perpetual Help captured its second straight win.
Akhuetie showed no signs of injury despite still wearing leg support for protection, as the Cameroonian import had 20 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Altas to a 76-61 victory over San Sebastian for a 2-1 win-loss record.
Akhuetie credited the league's two week break as he came out well-rested and recharged against the Stags, although he asserted that he's not completely fit yet.
“I stayed out for a week and three days. I think I practiced for like three days straight now because I had to rest after the first game,” he said.
“I think I’m okay, I’m okay to play, that’s all I can say. I’m just okay to play,” Akhuetie added. “I don’t know it just happened, I just wanted to win and that’s how it turned out.”
Perpetual's next game is on Tuesday against San Beda, a team Akheutie is wary about even without Ola Adeogun.
“It’s just basketball and it’s five on five. They’re a good team so we can't just feel [confident] like they don’t have Ola anymore, they have more other guys like Potts,” said Akhuetie, referring to San Beda Fil-American Davon Potts.
“They really do good plays, we just have to work on how to play good defense against them,” he added.