Altas, Chiefs fight for No. 3 spot of NCAA

Altas and Chiefs seek to join defending champion Letran to tie for third after pulling off contrasting result on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 92 Basketball Tournament at the Arena in San Juan City today.

Nigerian import Bright Akhuetie powered his way to 21-points, 16 rebounds and 3 shot blocks another potent offensive game with Knights although Perpetual Help coach Gimwill Gican wants his squad to concentrate more on defense. Knights routed the St. Benilde Blazers, 70-55 score while Chiefs outlasted the Emilio Aguinaldo Generals 88-83 with the help of Lervin Flores to move to 3rd best 4-2 win-loss.

The 19-year-old Akhuetie already performed best last week against Letran, 61-55 scoring 21 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assist. Altas had their fifth win in 7 matches, while Blazers are still winless in 7 games so far.

Perpetual Help coach Gimwill Gican who is confident about Nigerian import Prince Eze and Bright Akhuetie said:

We’re blessed with good imports,” “We want to be generally better in defense each game.”

Arellano University on the other hand is still reeling from the San Beda loss 101-26 and aiming to regain its track back and improve their title bid. But the Chiefs lost its confidence in the final quarter as evidenced in their loss against Red Lions.

Chiefs were leading the game at halftime with double figure, but lost in the last 2 quarters missing some easy field hits.

Arellano coach Jerry Codinera is still confident that the trio Jio Jalalon, Kent Salado and Lervin Flores will improve after finishing at double figure score last time.

“What he’s doing is just pure hard work,” said Jerry Codinera for Flores, who not only scored game-high 20 points, but also spiked 15 rebounds.

Both Perpetual Help and Arellano U look to join Letran at No.3 in today’s face off!

Eduardo studied Pure Mathematics at De La Salle University. He is working at Asian Development Bank as consultant. He worked previously at The Nielsen Company and National Statistics, now Philippine Statistics. Aside from being the statistician of DWRI news, he also writes.