FEU's Arong finally takes Player of the Week away from Taft Avenue
MILESTONE. FEU's Monbert Arong proved to be such a thorn on the side of NU en route to becoming the first non-DLSU Player of the Week.
Monbert Arong was at the right place at the right time.
Receiving an inbounds pass from the baseline from Jojo Trinidad, the Cebuano guard pump-faked at the right corner, caught Alfred Aroga in the air, and stepped closer before firing a jumper in Far Eastern University’s hotly-contested game against National University.
The ball found the bottom of the net with 3.7 seconds to spare, and that game-winner allowed the Tamaraws to rally by the Bulldogs, 57-56, last Sunday. “Sabi kasi ni coach Nash, i-shoot mo. Edi ni-shoot ko naman,” he said.
That shot was just the rightful exclamation point for an amazing week for Arong as he took home the ACCEL Quantum/3XVI-UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week citation, becoming the first non-De La Salle University player to claim the plum this season.
He bested Green Archer Ricci Rivero and University of the Philippines’ Jett Manuel for the weekly honor.
Arong provided the lift for FEU this week as it completed an elimination round sweep of NU, first pouring 20 points, three assists, and a rebound in their tight 78-75 victory on Wednesday before following it up with 13 markers, seven coming in the fourth period, to go with two boards and two assists in the rematch.
Little did everyone know that he did all that despite nursing a sprained ankle, with coach Nash Racela saying, "Buti na lang nagkaroon pa siya ng lakas for the last play."
“Today, he was the go to guy. We hope that every game naman, kung sino man ang puntahan namin, maka-deliver whoever that is. We’re just happy that Monbert was able to deliver for us today,” the coach added.
For Arong, though, it was just a matter of trusting himself and his teammates as the Tamaraws seek to sustain their five-game winning run. As he put it, "Binubulong ko lang sa sarili ko yung bible verse na, ‘I can do all things through Christ.’ Kaya talagang confident lang ako na ma-shoot ko yung ball."