NATIONAL University is firmly on top of the UAAP standings and despite efforts by Alfred Aroga to downplay his role in the team’s rise, it has been obvious he’s the new top dog.
The Cameroonian center shone brightest in two huge NU wins the past week, playing fine offense and tough defense.
For that he was picked by scribes as UAAP Press Corps-Accel Quantum Plus/316 Player of the Week.
Aroga came through on both ends as the Bulldogs escaped the University of the East Red Warriors, 57-55, on Sunday for a league-best 5-1 record.
The 6-foot-7 Cameroonian buried the Bulldogs' final bucket with over two minutes left, before forcing UE guard Roi Sumang to miss a driving layup that would have extended the game.
Aroga finished with a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds on top of two assists and a block.
“He gives us that inside presence, especially in rebounding,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano. “He gave us 15 rebounds. More than the points, his rebounds are very important.”
Aroga also had 10 boards to go with six points, three assists and six of the team's 10 blocks in the Bulldogs' 37-point crushing of the Adamson Falcons, 62-25, last Wednesday.
“As far as I'm concerned, I can't talk like an individual player because everything that matters is the team,” said Aroga.
“We're just playing as a team and we don't care about our stats. We just care about helping each other being better.”
“I just did my best in trying to execute what coach wanted me to do.”
Aroga edged Ateneo's Kiefer Ravena and Far Eastern University's Mark Belo for the weekly citation backed by Bactigel hand sanitizer, Doctor J Mighty Alcohol and Mighty Mom Anti-bacteria.
He said he wants to focus on sustaining the success of the Bulldogs, who were written off following the departure of two-time Most Valuable Player Bobby Ray Parks.
“Each game, a different person comes out as player of the game,” said Aroga. “It's not all about a single player here. It's about the team.”