NATIONAL University is back on track, thanks to Cameroon’s Alfred Aroga.
A near triple-double against Ateneo and an offensive effort against Adamson gained the African slotman a second Accel Quantum Plus/3XVI UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week citation this season.
The Bulldogs reasserted their mastery of the Blue Eagles, 76-66, on Sunday after routing the Falcons, 71-50, on Wednesday to boost their Final Four bid.
Erstwhile league leader NU is now tied with Ateneo in third place with seven wins and three losses, half a game behind co-leaders Far Eastern University and defending champion La Salle at 7-2.
Thanks to the brilliant showing of Aroga, the Bulldogs have stayed inside the top four in the tight race to the semifinals.
In the past week's two victories, Aroga averaged 11 points, 11.5 rebounds and five blocks per game.
Aroga played his best game this season against the Eagles, where he nearly had a triple-double performance of 15 points, 11 boards and a season-high eight blocks. His blocks were the most by any player since FEU’s Arwind Santos also had eight in 2003.
“I was really prepared for this game,” said Aroga.
In the 21-point win over the Falcons, Aroga grabbed 12 rebounds, scored seven points and had a couple of blocks.
Aroga won the honor supported by Bactigel Hand Sanitizer, Mighty Mom Dishwashing and Dr. J Rubbing Alcohol over FEU's Roger Pogoy and Almond Vosotros of La Salle.