SAN JUAN City – De La Salle University became the first team to get its second win at the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena Friday afternoon (May 7). The Green Archers flashed awesome firepower to outclass fellow opening day winner University of the East, 97-75.
Cameroon international student Benoit Mbala proved too much to handle for the opposition as he dominated the inside, dumping 24 points including three dunks on top of 15 rebounds and four blocks as DLSU led all the way save for a brief 2-2 deadlock in the opening period. Finally getting the chance to show his wares after a three-year residency period, the 21-year old Business Management major defied and mocked all defenses thrown at him by the much smaller Red Warriors.
“Ben is a perfectionist and he really hates it when he plays poorly,” said Coach Aldin Ayo. “I just ordered the players to be tough in order to counter UE’s plays so good thing that we made our shots since our defenses cancelled each other out.”
The Red Warriors showed signs of life in the third but the task of playing catch up eventually tolled on their cause. By the fourth period, the Green Archers stretched their lead further and further with the final tally being their biggest advantage.
After scoring 30 in their opening win against Adamson University, Jeron Teng followed it up with a 24-point output to match Mbala. Thomas Torres and Abu Tratter also submitted double figures of 13 and 12 respectively.
Alvin Pasaol topped UE with 13 points and seven rebounds. Edgar Charcos was his only other teammate in double figures with 10.
Coach Ayo credited their participation in a recent invitational tournament in Davao City that contributed to building their toughness. “We really got beaten up on a nightly basis but I know the sacrifice will amount to something good later,” added Coach Ayo.
How They Scored:
DE LA SALLE (97) – Teng 24, Mbala 24, Torres 13, Tratter 12, Gob 6, Caracut 5, Montalbo 5, Langston 4, Melecio 4, Go 0.
EAST (75) – Pasaol 13, Charcos 10, Penuela 8, Batiller 8, Manalang 7, de Leon 6, Palma 5, Olayon 4, Acuno 4, Poblete 3, Gagate 2, Varilla 2, Derige 2, Larupay 1, Armenion 0, Bartolome 0.
Period Scores: 25-18, 49-36, 73-62, 97-75.