Green Archers give tamed Tigers another brutal beating

Green Archers give tamed Tigers another brutal beating
NO QUESTION. Ben Mbala and Ricci Rivero only played 19 minutes, yet DLSU still won by 35 points against UST.

Ever since head coach Aldin Ayo took over, De La Salle University has destroyed University of Sto. Tomas by an average of 36.7 points.

Now in the second round of the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Green Archers have kept that winning margin intact.

Burying the Tigers in a 25-8 second quarter, the defending champions waltzed their way into a 35-point laugher of a win, 94-59, on Sunday at the MOA Arena.

Last season, the Taft-based team dropped a 29-point hammer on UST in the first round and then crushed them by 43 points in the second round.

And in the two teams’ first round meeting this season, DLSU walloped the boys from Espana by 38 points.

It was clear from the get-go that was still going to be the case in this one as Ricci Rivero’s back-to-back baskets and bonuses punctuated a 14-0 run that increased a four-point lead into a 38-20 advantage.

From there, the Green Archers still showed no mercy and even ran up the score to 85-43 in the final frame.

By then, all of Rivero, Andrei Caracut, Ben Mbala, Aljun Melecio, and Kib Montalbo did not see much action and were already resting on the bench.

Rivero wound up with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals in just 19 minutes while Mbala had 17 markers, nine boards, and three blocks in the same time on the floor.

Jollo Go also made the most of his extended minutes and poured in 12 points all on triples.

The 35-point win was the defending champions’ fifth in a row and 10th overall in 12 games.

With another win, or a loss by Adamson University in its own matchup later, they will seize the second twice-to-beat advantage.

On the other hand, the worst season in school history continues for UST which is yet to win in 12 games.

This, despite the best efforts of Marvin Lee who had 25 points on top of eight rebounds in this one.

With their last two games coming against still undefeated Ateneo de Manila University and now confident University of the East, a winless season for the once proud Tigers remains a possibility.

BOX SCORES

DLSU 94 – Mbala 17, Rivero R 16, Go 12, Rivero P 10, Tratter 8, Caracut 7, Melecio 6, Santillan 6, Capacio 5, Baltazar 4, Montalbo 2, Paraiso 1, Tero 0, Gonzales 0

UST 59 – Lee 25, Akomo 14, Sta. Ana 4, De Guzman 4, Basibas 4, Escalambre 4, Macasaet 2, Soriano 2, Faundo 0, Caunan 0, Romero 0, Kwawukumey 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-16, 45-24, 77-41, 94-59

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