SAN JUAN City – De La Salle University remained the only unbeaten team in the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup after they disposed of defending champion San Beda College, 94-85, in a titanic battle of undefeated teams Saturday (May 21) at the San Juan Arena. The Green Archers now tote a tournament-best 4-0 win-loss card and placed one foot on a playoff spot.
DLSU caught San Beda flatfooted at the start of the final period and proceeded to score the first nine points beginning with a triple from Jollo Go, a basket from Andrei Caracut and back-to-back hits from Benoit Mbala, 69-62. The Red Lions never recovered as they allowed the opposition to score 34 points in the period after scoring only 60 through the first three.
Mbala was all over the court as he outplayed his fellow Cameroonians Donald Tankoua and Arnaud Noah. Set to make his UAAP debut later this year, Mbala registered fantasy-type numbers of 26 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks in 35 minutes of action.
Jeron Teng was just as impressive with 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Go finished with five triples for 19 points.
Filipino-American rookie Davon Potts led the Red Lions with 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Sophomore AC Soberano continued his hot shooting streak with 18 points, all coming from the three-point arc.
An interesting sidelight to the intense contest was the presence of players playing against their former schools. San Beda had Robert Bolick and team captain Dan Sara against DLSU’s Caracut.
How They Scored:
DE LA SALLE (94) – Mbala 26, Teng 23, Go 19, Caracut 13, Tratter 5, P. Rivero 4, Torres 4, Langston 0, Melecio 0.
SAN BEDA (85) – Soberano 18, Potts 18, Tankoua 15, Sara 9, Bolick 8, Noah 7, Mocon 6, Presbitero 2, Tongco 2, Navarro 0.
Period Scores: 21-21, 33-40, 60-62, 94-85.