Aroga ‘thankful’ for NU’s defeat to DLSU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 07, 2015 06:58 PM
Aroga ‘thankful’ for NU’s defeat to DLSU
LEARNING EXPERIENCE. Alfred Aroga vowed to come out stronger and at the same time wiser in NU's second game.

After National University coaches claimed that he added 20 lbs of muscle, Alfred Aroga’s first game in the UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball Tournament was a much-anticipated attraction.

Unfortunately, the Cameroonian was saddled with fouls and eventually fouled out in the Bulldog’s season-opening loss to De La Salle University last Sunday. Aroga finished with nine points and 10 rebounds – still a solid contribution, but low numbers for someone expected to dominate the Green Archers’ lacking frontline.

Even so, NU’s reinforcement didn’t seem too down on his disappointing first outing and instead, looked determined to just move forward and make up for everything. “I’m really thankful for La Salle for (now) making me think twice. I’m gonna make sure I work on it and that this won’t happen anymore ever,” he told ABS-CBN Sports.

He then repeated, “So, just thank you to La Salle.”

Dissecting his first game failure, Aroga shared that he thought his performance was a little too selfish for his liking. “Next time, I’m gonna play for my teammates and not just for me. I’m not a stat player, I’m a team player,” he said.

The Cameroonian said that he apologized to his teammates and promised to go back to his strengths and simply let his offense naturally come. “Scoring really isn’t my thing. NU is a defensive team and I’m a defensive player,” he said.

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