Pain not a barrier as Ricci Rivero plays his best game as a Green Archer
Ricci Rivero plays his finest game in a Green Archers uniform on Sunday. Freddie Dionisio

RICCI Rivero’s career game was most expected, coming at a time when the La Salle rookie was suffering from pain brought on by an impacted wisdom tooth.

No wonder Rivero himself was surprised when he put together his best game in a La Salle uniform, finishing with 14 points, five rebounds, five assists, and two steals in an 86-79 victory over the Adamson Falcons on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Rivero said he wasn't even sure if he was going to play.

“Actually, it’s not me who played earlier,” Rivero admitted with a smile. “I keep on praying kay God lang kasi I’m in pain. I was not expecting that I’m going to play pero sabi ko, play the best.”

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The rookie from La Salle Greenhills said the impacted wisdom tooth has been bothering him for the past two days in training.

“Sobra kasi akong nahihilo sa training pero kailangan kasi may game,” said Rivero.

Rivero made his biggest impact in the third period, scoring 11 in that canto to help the Archers maintain a 66-55 lead over the Falcons entering the final stretch.

Rivero said he plans to take advantage of the Green Archers' six-day break to have the tooth treated.

“Matagal naman ang break,” Rivero said.

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