SAN JUAN City –De La Salle University flexed amazing form in hammering down PBA D-League expansion team Flying V, 88-72, in an exhibition game as part of the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup Sunday (May 21) at the FilOil Flying V Centre. Although nominated as an exhibition, the game was as intense as a championship.
Five months ago, Jeron Teng and Thomas Torres were winning the UAAP championship with Coach Aldin Ayo. Now, the former Green Archers got a taste of their school’s patented mayhem defense as the current Green Archers pulled away in the second half.
“We are setting up our system so we took this game seriously,” said Coach Ayo. “We are like that in our practices, the players always put on their game faces.”
So intense was the game that forwards Abu Tratter and Gab Banal were tossed out after a near-scuffle in the fourth period. Coach Ayo himself was assessed a technical foul for complaining in the second period.
Benoit Mbala had another monster effort of 19 points and 10 rebounds including a triple. Leonard Santillan also had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds while Andrei Caracut also had 17 points on three triples.
Despite the defenses thrown at him, Teng still topped the Thunder with 24 points. Eric Salamat added 19 points while Torres chipped in 12.
This marks the last game of the Thunder before the PBA D-League Foundation Cup will open shop on May 25 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. In their five exhibition games, Flying has won three and drawn one before the loss to DLSU.
How They Scored:
DE LA SALLE (88) – Mbala 19 Santillan 17, Caracut 17, Tratter 7, R. Rivero 7, Capacio 6, Paraiso 5, Melecio 4, Go 3, Tero 3, Gonzales 0.
FLYING V (72) – Teng 24, Salamat 19, Torres 12, Colina 6, Mendoza 4, Gamboa 2, Tampus 2, Banal 2, Austria 1, Thiele 0, Webb 0.
Period Scores: 17-19, 43-44, 63-55, 88-72.