NU senior Alfred Aroga says he'll miss UAAP referees the most: 'I love those guys'
NU center Alfred Aroga waves to the crowd at the end of his UAAP career. Dante Peralta

ALFRED Aroga said he will only bring with him good memories with National University and the Philippines despite a disappointing end to his collegiate career with the Bulldogs in UAAP Season 79.

Aroga said he will forever cherish his stint with the Bulldogs as well as his stay in the Philippines, which was highlighted by a championship in 2014 crown that ended a decades-old drought for the school.

“I don’t want to talk about this season. I want to think of the good memories here in the Philippines,” said the hulking Cameroonian center.

In his last game with the Bulldogs, Aroga finished with nine points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks but his effort was not enough to save the squad from losing to Adamson, 53-77.

The Bulldogs finished the season with a 5-9 win-loss slate and missed the Final Four, but Aroga took the time to thank the UAAP for giving him the opportunity to study and play in the Philippines.

“First of all, I’m really thankful to the Philippines for allowing me to play here. I want to thank the UAAP. Even though they made it hard for me to play in the UAAP, I want to thank them for making me play.

“Through this league and this country, I had my own name here. All I can say is, 'Salamat,'” said Aroga.

Now that his playing career has ended, he looks forward to his graduation on November 28 with a degree in sports management although Aroga bared plans to continue studying.

“You just can’t play basketball your whole life. Hopefully, I can get a masters in sports psychology or a PhD. It depends. I’m going to use that and hopefully, I’m going to be a motivational speaker,” said Aroga.

Aroga said his most memorable moment in the league was the block on Ateneo stat Kiefer Ravena that propelled NU to the championship series two years ago.

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“The stop I did against Ateneo that brought us to the finals. My God, I was so happy. That was one of the best moments of the entire UAAP (career),” said Aroga.

And what is he going to miss the most in the UAAP?

“The referees,” said Aroga in jest. “I love those guys. I love those refs talaga I hug you. I hope they are going to read this. I’m going to miss them.”

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