ALFRED Aroga admitted he was “selfish” in National University’s 67-63 loss to La Salle in their opening game in UAAP Season 78 on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Bulldogs may have missed their star Cameroonian slotman in the early stretches of the game after being hobbled by foul trouble.
But when he was on the floor, Aroga felt he was also a reason why his team was kept at bay as he admitted somewhat taking matters into his own hands.
“Scoring is not really my thing, but today I felt really selfish. But that’s not me,” said the 6-foot-6 center, who tallied nine points on 3-of-6 shooting, 10 boards, one assist, and one steal against three turnovers in 25 minutes.
“I apologized to my teammates,” he added. “I felt that I was a bit selfish like I was just thinking about myself. I was thinking too much.”
The Bulldogs mounted a late comeback when Aroga, the Finals MVP last season, deferred to his teammates, especially Gelo Alolino.
“I told them I’m going to think about you, guys, first,” Aroga said. “Hopefully I have some good looks, but I’m just going to be behind you.”
“I’m not a star player,” the third-year center said. “I’m a team player.”