PRINCE Rivero finally emerged from his shell and played his best game for La Salle this UAAP season.
Rivero played limited but productive minutes for the Green Archers on Wednesday, finishing with 11 points and eight rebounds in the 84-78 win over University of the East at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The hulking forward played just 10 minutes, but it was his longest exposure this season. Rivero is only averaging 2.8 points and 1.5 rebounds going to the game and was benched during La Salle’s match against Adamson.
Rivero said he isn't affected by his diminished role with the Green Archers.
“Ako kasi ‘yung type ng tao na I’m not going to quit,” said Rivero. “It doesn’t matter if I don’t get the playing time. It’s okay. It’s a team. If we win the game, it’s not the guy playing on the court who is the one who will win. Kasama naman ako sa team - I’m part of the winning team.”
The sophomore big man said playing time doesn’t matter for him because he is still part of the squad.
“Kung wala akong playing time, I’m still working with them in practice. I help them improve, they help me improve. Out of practice, we still do extra workouts. It doesn’t change anything,” Rivero said.
Rivero said the La Salle system under head coach Aldin Ayo entails being a team player.
“’Yung system na nabuo namin, hindi siya ‘yung pansarili. ‘Yung system is to help each other out kung nahihirapan ka man or nasa top ka ng career mo, it’s to help each other out,” said Rivero.
While he finally got a big game under his belt on Wednesday, Rivero said he will continue to work even hard to help the Green Archers regain the championship.
“Thankful ako na kahit papaano, nabigyan ako ng chance. Still, it doesn’t change anything. I’m still going to work hard,” said Rivero.