ALFRED Aroga was named UAAP Finals Most Valuable Player for Season 77 after putting on a spectacular performance in the deciding Game Three of the best-of-three title series between National University and Far Eastern University on Wednesday before a crowd 25,118 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Aroga had a monster game of 24 points and 18 rebounds in steering the Bulldogs to a 75-58 rout of the Tamaraws in their winner-take-all showdown.
He was also a force to be reckoned with defensively by blocking two shots in the win that ended the school’s 60-year title drought.
The Cameroonian center, however, was quick to deflect the credit, saying the entire team worked together to give the school only its second UAAP championship.
“Honestly, I never thought of being an MVP, Mythical Five or what. The most important is to help my team get somewhere,” Aroga said after cutting the net from the rim of the Big Dome.
“I’m so happy. We went through a lot. In the beginning, it looked like we will not make it. But we worked hard on defense and stayed humble,” said Aroga.