Flu Game! Bright Akhuetie delivers stellar moment despite feeling under the weather
Unstoppable as Bright Akhuetie could be, he is still human who is also prone to some weaknesses.
Prior to entering the Final Four game, the UP import was hampered with flu already.
However, that did not stop him from participating their most important game.
“I didn’t want to tell them that [I have flu] will bring their spirits down,” said Akhuetie.
Statistical wise, the Season 81 MVP was limited to just six points and 14 rebounds, and was even outmatched by fellow enforcer Papi Sarr down the paint for him to collect 23 points and nine rebounds.
But it was the final play that mattered most for UP where Akhutie made a go-ahead lay-up, courtesy of Juan Gomez De Liaño’s inbound pass.
UP would also escape with a 73-72 victory against Adamson, on Saturday, to force a rubber match on Wednesday, November 29.
I was just there, doing my job on the rebounding, not forcing anything, not trying to score offensively because it was really hard for me,” Akhuetie shared.
“I can’t tell them that I won’t be able to play, it’s gonna be bad. I just psyched myself, whatever it is, stay there and lead these guys.“
One thing is for sure for Akhuetie, he will bounce back for their do-or-die duel once he becomes healthy.