SAN JUAN City – All eyes were on Bright Akhuetie as he helped University of the Philippines notch its third win in a row at the expense his former school University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta, 77-63, in the main game of the 12th FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre Friday evening. While the Maroons are on a roll, the Altas remained winless in three games.
Bright immediately made an impact with 10 points and a sole rebound in the first half as he teamed up with Paul Desiderio to give them a slim 38-36 advantage. The 6’5” Nigerian exchange student was then held scoreless in the second half but the rest of the team picked up the cudgels.
Desiderio canned a pair of triples for nine early fourth period points supported by four from Gelo Vito and capped by a triple by Jarrell Lim to give them their biggest lead of the game at the three-minute mark, 71-54. “What’s great about Bright is that he gets three people behind him so he knows how to pass and it’s all about team play,” said Coach Bo Perasol.
Desiderio led all scorers with five triples en route to 20 points. Vito had a double-double 13 points and 14 rebounds while Bright had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Edgar Charcos was the high man for the Altas with 11 points, four assists and four steals. Rey Anthony Peralta and Julius Tiburcio were the only other teammates in double figures with 10 apiece.
How They Scored:
UP-DILIMAN (77) – Desiderio 20, Vito 13, Akhuetie 10, Dario 7, Lim 5, Gozum 5, Murrell 4, Manzo 4, Ja Gomez de Liano 3, Tungcab 3, Ju Gomez de Liano 2, Prado 1, Santiago 0, Jaboneta 0, Longa 0.
PERPETUAL HELP (63) – Charcos 11, Tiburcio 10, R Peralta 10, Razon 9, Soriano 8, Sese 6, Pido 4, Mangalino 3, Pasia 2, Precillas 0, Aurin 0.
Period Scores: 19-17, 38-36, 52-46, 77-63.