PERPETUAL needs all the help it can get when it takes on top seed San Beda in the 92nd NCAA basketball tournament Final Four on Friday.
Fortunately for the Altas, Nigerian Bright Akhuetie is set to return in time for the 2 p.m. match at the Mall of Asia Arena following a one-game suspension he served out in Perpetual's match against Mapua last Friday.
Perpetual bowed to Mapua, 67-63, and fell to fourth place, setting up the meeting with the Red Lions.
School officials imposed the disciplinary action after Akhuetie reportedly had a disagreement with Perpetual consultant Nosa Omorogbe in one of the team's practice sessions that led to an exchange of blows.
But Omogrove said the two have decided to put the incident behind them and are setting their sights on the important game on Friday against twice-to-beat Red Lions.
"Everything is okay now, he will play," Omorogbe said.
Akhuetie is norming 18.4 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks. And with him onboard, the Altas will try to capitalize on their size advantage against the Red Lions, who lost Cameroonian reinforcement Donal Tankoua to injury.
"It is one of the advantages that we are looking to take advantage of," said Omorogbe.