NU's Alfred Aroga soars for a layup against Ateneo. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – National University (NU) center Alfred Aroga captured the UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week plum after the Bulldogs won in succession against Adamson and Ateneo in the men's basketball tournament.
The Bulldogs reasserted their master of the Blue Eagles, 76-66, on Sunday, and routed the Falcons, 71-50, last Wednesday to boost their Final Four bid.
NU is now tied with Ateneo in third place with seven wins and three losses, half a game behind Far Eastern University (FEU) and defending champion De La Salle University who share the league's best record at 7-2.
Thanks to the brilliant showing of Aroga, the Bulldogs have stayed inside the top four in a tight race to the semi-finals.
In the past week's two victories, the Cameroonian Aroga averaged 11 points, 11.5 rebounds and five blocks per game.
He played his best game of the season against Ateneo, where he nearly had a triple-double performance of 15 points, 11 rebounds, and a season-high eight blocks.
His total blocks was the most by any player since FEU's Arwind Santos also recorded eight rejections in 2003.
"I was really prepared for this game," said Aroga, who took over from former Mythical Team member Emmanuel Mbe in patrolling the shaded lane for NU this season.
In the 21-point win over the Falcons, Aroga grabbed 12 rebounds and scored seven points.
Aroga won the weekly honor over FEU's Roger Pogoy and La Salle's Almond Vosotros.