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Altas still potent even without Akhueti

University of Perpetual Help Altas is not just about Bright Akhueti.

That’s what the Altas want to prove when NCAA basketball tournament unfolds on July 8 at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.

With Akhuetie moving to University of the Philippines, the center of attraction will be the team’s other Nigerian player in Prince Eze.

The 6-foot-11 Eze showed he’s ready to pick up the mantle of leadership when he helped the Altas beat the Ateneo Eagles, 60-59, in the Fil-Oil pre-season tournament recently.

Perpetual Help coach Nosa Omorogbe, however, said they can’t accomplish their mission of matching their Final Four finish last year if only Eze will deliver for the team.

“Will need contribution not just from Eze but all the players,” said Omorogbe, a Nigerian himself who played a couple of years for the Las Piñas-based school.

Out to give Eze the much-needed firepower are AJ Coronel, Gab Dagangon, JG Ylagan, Kieth Pido, Flash Gordon Sadiwa and Jack Hao among others.

Proof of the team’s massive line-up.

Omorogbe said they are taking it a game at a time.

“It’s a process and there are no shortcuts to success. But we’re slowly but surely improving and I expect more improvements come the NCAA tournament proper,” he said.