DESPITE back spasms that hounded him for the entire week, Alfred Aroga found a way to deliver for National University Sunday in a 66-51 win over University of the Philippines in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
Aroga said he undergone treatment for almost a week in his determination to be healthy enough in the Bulldogs’ game against the Maroons.
Fortunately, Aroga’s back held on and allowed the Cameroonian to finish with another double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds in the Bulldogs’ 15-point win.
“I struggled this week because I was in rehab,” Aroga said. “The pain was really bad. But I need to play with energy and help my teammates.”
Aroga also provided the highlight reel of the game when he threw a dunk over Mark Juruena in the third quarter.
“They were giving me the ball so that I can get back my confidence,” said Aroga about the dunk.
The win gave the Bulldogs a fighting chance for the top two spots in the Final Four while eliminating University of Santo Tomas in the playoff race.
But Aroga said the Bulldogs don’t want to get ahead of themselves as they still have University of Santo Tomas to take care of on Wednesday before wrapping up their elimination round campaign against La Salle on Saturday.
“As a team, it’s going to help us in the two other games. We really need it for the Final Four. The most important thing is to win all our games. We are going to take it game after game. We didn’t want to think that far. Right now, we are thinking of UST, then La Salle,” said Aroga.