Title favorite De La Salle University outclassed upstart Adamson University on Saturday at the MOA Arena.
The Green Archers romped over the Soaring Falcons, 91-75, en route to their fifth consecutive victory.
The Taft-based team counted five players in double-digits led by Ben Mbala who posted a 21-point, 16-rebound double-double. They led by as much as 19 and in double-digits for all of the final frame.
Still, Adamson coach Franz Pumaren said what happened was nothing he hasn’t seen before. “I saw what happened. I don’t think they did anything special,” he said.
The multi-titled mentor then pointed out that his upstart squad actually took care of the ball better than their opponents who were employing Aldin Ayo’s patented “mayhem.” “For a number one team, them committing 26 turnovers is already a big accomplishment for my young team,” he said.
Pumaren then went on to say that their loss was actually, more or less, their own doing. “What happened today was probably it showed that we’re a very young team. We were probably in awe of the crowd because we’re not used to this type of environment,” he said.
He then continued, “This is a learning experience for our part.”
In the eyes of the Falcons’ coach, the difference between the title favorites and the upstarts, at least today, was pretty simple. As he put it, “I’m not disappointed, I’m not happy, but it’s okay. They played their best and we played our worst game of the season.”
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