Aroga's 22 rebounds anchor NU defense to another win

Paul Lintag on Sep 26, 2015 05:11 PM
Aroga's 22 rebounds anchor NU defense to another win
"He's trying to get his energy back, his strength is not yet there so we'll help him out." - NU head coach Eric Altamirano on Alfred Aroga after he grabbed 22 rebounds, the most in the UAAP season so far.

Bad news for the rest of the UAAP, defending champion National University is back. And the Bulldogs are led by reigning Finals MVP Alfred Aroga.

A week after a Jordanesque fadeaway that won NU its first game of the season, Aroga stamped his class on defense to anchor the Bulldogs to their third straight victory against the University of the Philippines. Aroga finished with 12 points and a season-high 22 rebounds, showing his form and tenacity that none of the Fighting Maroons were able to match down low.

NU head coach Eric Altamirano could not be happier to see his big man do some work after an unhealthy start that coincided with their three-game skid. "We are very happy with that [Aroga's 22 rebounds]. Kailangang-kailangan namin yan," Altamirano said. "He sacrificed himself, he knew he was going to be double-teamed a lot, and true enough he just got us those rebounds."

The scary thing for the rest of competition is that Aroga seems to be just getting right back on track after losing weight due to illness to start the season, as per Altamirano. "He lost about ten pounds. He's trying to get his energy back, his strength is not yet there so we'll help him out," he said.

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