Stressing Perpetual Help is “home” for him, Nigerian center Bright Akhuetie remains committed to play for the Altas in the NCAA Season 92 seniors basketball tournament in July.
“Yeah. Perpetual, that’s home for me,” the 6-foot-8 Akhuetie told FOX Sports on Tuesday after seeing action for Mighty Sports in their pre-season victory over Fatima College-Antipolo at the Philippine Buddhacare Academy gymnasium in Quezon City.
Named to the league’s Mythical Team and Defensive Team last year, the 19-year-old big man added he has secured the school management’s approval to suit up for Mighty Sports in the PCBL that gets going this Sunday at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center in Bulacan.
Akhuetie also admitted he’s hardly worried with the unconventional 3-man coaching strategy in Perpetual Help after legendary collegiate coach Aric Del Rosario got the boot following the Altas’ disappointing 6th-place finish despite an 11-7 win-loss record in Season 91.
“My job right there is to play. Whatever is going with the system, I still have to play,” Akhuetie said, adding he’s focused on making himself better to help the Altas go deeper in their NCAA title bid.
“This year, I’m working harder to make sure I can better what I did last year. We want to win the championship and that’s what its all about,” stressed the Kaduna, Nigeria native.
After helping Mighty Sports top the Republica Cup, also an invitational tourney, also held in Malolos last month, Akhuetie is looking forward to his newest challenge in the six-team field that features top amateur standouts and former pro cagers.
“I want to feel a new experience because most of the people i’ve seen around here aren’t from the NCAA or even the UAAP. I’m going to meet different people from different. I can definitely learn a thing or two when I play in this kind of league. I get to meet some friends too,” he concluded. — By Jerome Lagunzad