Nigerian reinforcement Bright Akhuetie starred anew for University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta as the Altas notched a monumental 88-86 victory against San Beda College, on Thursday in the NCAA Season 91 Men’s Basketball Division at the FilOil Flying V Arena, San Juan.
The 18-year old Altas pride knocked down the game-winning basket off a Nestor Bantayan pivotal assist, which paved the way for Coach Aric del Rosario’s wards to strengthen their hunt for the Final Four contention.
With this huge win, Perpetual Help regained a share of place with the Arellano Chiefs, both with 9-4 win-loss cards in the ongoing second round of eliminations.
It also served as a big hard-court comeback for Akhuetie after he endured a shoulder injury and missed a game, unloading another monstrous double-double aftermath of 31 points and 11 rebounds, to go along with 4 feeders, 2 snatches, and 2 blocks.
More so, star player Scottie Thompson and GJ Ylagan capped off with 14 markers apiece, while Flash Sadiwa added 10.
Meralco Bolts-bound Baser Amer hit a trey with just 45 seconds left on the clock to bring a point lead for San Beda, 84-83, yet had a turnover afterwards which basically opened an opportunity for the Altas to score in the final 32 seconds to play.
A foul was called and Thompson notched two out of three freebies for an 86-84 Perpetual Help slim gap, but Arth Dela Cruz also had his share for charities and sank two to even the scores at 84.
Dela Cruz poised for a layup that could have turned the tables back in favor of San Beda, but the PBA-bound San Beda stalwart missed the shot and it was then the turn of Bright Akhuetie to nail the final cap en route to the Altas’ victory.
On the other hand, San Beda College was led by Ola Adeogun with 26 points, followed by Jayvee Mocon with 12, and Ryusei Koga and Baser Amer combined for 21 markers.
The Mendiola-based Red Lions endured their third loss in eleven games.
Perpetual Help Altas (88) – Akhuetie 31, Thompson 14, Ylagan 14, Sadiwa 10, Oliveria 6, Eze 5, Bantayan 4, Dizon 2, Cabiltes 2, Tamayo 0, Coronel 0, Gallardo 0, Dagangon 0, Elopre 0.
San Beda Red Lions (86) – Adeogun 26, Dela Cruz 15, Mocon 12, Koga 11, Amer 10, Tankoua 8, Reyes 4, Cabanag 0, Soberano 0, Sara 0, Presbitero 0, Tongco 0, Sorela 0.