Don’t expect a heavier workload for impressive rookie Rivero

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 18, 2016 08:06 PM
Don’t expect a heavier workload for impressive rookie Rivero
ON THE RISE. DLSU rookie Ricci Rivero has now impressed in back-to-back outings.

The standout from the NCAA Juniors a year ago, Ricci Rivero introduced himself to the UAAP in this manner:



That happened near the end of an eventual 38-point win for De La Salle University last Wednesday so the 18-year-old had all the leeway for the highlight.

Proving he was more than a highlight, however, Rivero followed that up four days later with six points in 10 impactful minutes up against no less than fellow challenger National University. “Hindi naman ako gagamitin ni coach para umiskor kasi marami na naman kaming scorers,” he shared post-game.

He then continued, “Kailangan kong mag-step up sa defense. Off the bench, kailangan talagang ready lang ako.”

Indeed, he was nothing but ready when his name was called just as the Green Archers were chasing down a nine-point deficit in the third. With Jeron Teng in foul trouble, coach Aldin Ayo sent in Rivero, Andrei Caracut, Aljun Melecio, and Kib Montalbo for some small ball.

The adjustment worked wonders as Rivero and the rest sparked the charge that pulled DLSU to within one and granted Teng the golden opportunity to close out the contest.

Don’t think just yet, however, that following his back-to-back outings, the impressive rookie is bound for more minutes. As Ayo put it, “Titignan ko muna sa rotation. Dadahan-dahanin ko, ‘di naman biglaan.”

He then continued, “Ayoko ilagay yung bata sa alanganin. I want to make sure na I put him on a spot that he’s going to excel.”


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