THREE years removed from their partnership at Perpetual, the ties that bind Bright Akhuetie and Prince Eze remains stronger than ever.
Now MVPs in their respective leagues, both admit they still miss playing together.
"We used to hang out together all the time," shared Eze during the 2019 Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Press Corps Awards Night on Monday night at Amelie Hotel Manila.
The two were once pillars down low for the Aric del Rosario-mentored Altas, teaming up with former NCAA MVP Scottie Thompson to lead the team to the Final Four in 2016.
Akhuetie left Perpetual the following year and enrolled at University of the Philippines, leading the perennial cellar-dweller to its first finals appearance in 32 years this past UAAP season. He also became the first MVP winner from Diliman since 1986.
Eze, meanwhile, also blossomed under coach Frankie Lim as he carried Perpetual back to the Final Four this year and bagged the league's MVP award.
Their success earned the former teammates a place in this year's All-Collegiate Team.
Eze admitted missing his 'brother.'
"Because of him, I learned to be alone," said Eze.
Akhuetie, however, was quick to remind Eze that no matter what happens, their bond will remain strong.
"We still see each other every weekend," he said before taking a dig at his former teammate. "Come on, man. Don't be so emotional about it."