Ricci Rivero learns that trust is earned, not given
SECOND CHANCE. Ricci Rivero has worked his way back into the good graces of fiery mentor Aldin Ayo.
For his high-flying and his shooting stroke, Ricci Rivero was a blue-chip recruit coming out of College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills.
Those hops and shots are still very much present now he has been promoted to De La Salle University.
What’s different now, especially in his second season as a Green Archer, is that he has developed a mental toughness to go along with his physical gifts. “Sinasabi ni coach palagi na don’t celebrate. After nun (dunks), nafi-feel ko na parang, ‘Okay yun ha,’” he told reporters.
He then continued, “Pero naaalala ko rin agad na yun nga, back sa defense dapat. ‘Di naman kami nananalo dahil sa offense.”
Indeed, his high-flying and his shooting stroke weren’t why Rivero has been a key cog in DLSU’s current three-game winning streak.
Up against Ateneo de Manila University, Far Eastern University, the University of the Philippines, and Adamson University, the swingman has been at the forefront of “mayhem.”
This is a much welcome development after he only played the last five minutes against winless University of Sto. Tomas a month ago.
That limited action, coming on the heels of defending the University of the Philippines’ Paul Desiderio and allowing a career-high 30 points from him.
Since then, however, Rivero has made an impact offensively all while being an active defender against the likes of Alvin Pasaol, Thirdy Ravena, and Ron Dennison. “I think na-earn ko naman na ulit yung trust, pero siyempre, process pa rin so start from training and kailangan na hindi na mag-stop,” he said.
He then continued, “For me, sobrang important nun kasi yun nga, kakabalik ko lang. Ayaw kong sayangin yun so magtatrabaho ako kahit two or three seconds lang ibigay sa akin.”
And from here on out, DLSU’s rising star only vows to keep on working. “Sabi nga ni coach, just stick to the game plan and hahanapin kita as my player. If nagagawa ko naman yung job ko, yung binigay niya sa akin na something to do, hahanapin niya ako,” he shared.
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