SAN JUAN City – It was not even close. De La Salle University maintained its undefeated run at the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup by bulldozing archrival Ateneo de Manila University, 98-66, Sunday (May 29) at the San Juan Arena.
Benoit Mbala continued to terrorize all defenses thrown at him as he notched a double-double as early as the first half with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Jeron Teng and Kib Montalbo also put in their share as the Green Archers took a comfortable 51-35 lead.
From there, DLSU showed no mercy by unloading 31 points in the third period to stretch their margin further, 82-55. The Blue Eagles managed to pare down the final difference by holding their foes to a single field in the last two minutes but the damage was already beyond repair.
“We are still working on our team chemistry that’s why we always play with intensity,” said Coach Aldin Ayo. “I think this is the best game that the team executed its defense and we rely on our defense.”
“I am also thankful for the chance to coach against Coach Tab Baldwin because I am always a student of the game and I learn from my fellow coaches,” added Coach Ayo. The Green Archers had the opportunity to give playing time to its role players and experiment on combinations with scrub time coming early.
Unfazed by the presence of NBA star Jordan Clarkson at courtside, the Green Archers played it out like any other ordinary game. “The thing about rivalries, there are no rankings, only pride is at stake,” observed Coach Ayo.
Mbala went on to total 28 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks. Teng was next with 24 points and four assists.
Thirdy Ravena topped the Blue Eagles with 10 points, five rebounds and three assists. Chibueze Ikeh also had 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
DLSU remains the sole undefeated team in the tournament with five wins in as many starts. ADMU fell to 3-2 but remained in the hunt for one of four playoff slots for Group B.
How They Scored:
DE LA SALLE (98) – Mbala 28, Teng 24, Tratter 10, Torres 9, Melecio 8, Montalbo 8, Caracut 5, R. Rivero 4, P. Rivero 2, Langston 0, Paraiso 0, Dyke 0, Go 0, Muyang 0, Gob 0.
ATENEO DE MANILA (66) – Ravena 10, Ikeh 10, A. Wong 8, Porter 8, Black 7, Ma Nieto 6, Mi Nieto 4, Allmond 3, Tio 3, V. Tolentino 2, Babilonia 2, Mendoza 2, Banzon 1, Go 0.
Period Scores: 22-14, 51-35, 82-55, 98-66.