Altas aim for solo top spot today

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The University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas will try to grab solo leadership when they face the Mapua Institute of Technology Cardinals while winless College of Saint Benilde Blazers will take on the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals today in the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

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A win by the Altas over the Cardinals at 4 p.m. will earn them the solo top spot. The Altas under coach Aric del Rosario are currently locked in a three-way logjam with the San Beda Red Lions and Letran Knights that are also carrying similar 3-0 slates.

The 2001 champion Blazers will meet the also winless EAC Generals at 2 p.m. The Blazers lost in its first two games while the Generals were defeated by the Red Lions in their first game on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Nigerian import Bright Akhuetie of the Altas was named Accel Quantum and 3XVI Player of the Week by the NCAA Press Corps.

The 6’9 rookie, a native of Abuja, Nigeria received the plum after leading the Altas to two consecutive wins; the most recent was over the Blazers, 77-69, on Friday. He scored 44 points on top of 19 rebounds and finished with two assists, two steals and two blockshots in just 27 minutes of action over the Blazers.

“Actually, I don’t care about the scoring. I care about the win,” said Akhuetie, who delivered a sterling performance in the absence of his compatriot Prinze Eze, who was serving a one-game suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct during their 70-61 win over Lyceum on Tuesday. After just two games, Akhuetie a high average of 26.5 points and 15 rebounds that is second only to Mapua slotman Allwell Oraeme’s 19 boards a game.

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