DLSU vents ire on Perpetual for first win in Filoil
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 07, 2017 06:49 PM
BOUNCE BACK. Coming off a tournament-opening defeat, DLSU took out its frustrations on Perpetual.
At the wrong end of an upset to open the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament, Ben Mbala made sure there would be a happier ending for De La Salle University.
Pounding in 19 points and six rebounds in just the first half, Mbala and the rest of the Green Archers imposed their will on hapless University of Perpetual Help for a 94-71 blowout on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
A week ago, the UAAP champions fell victim to an ambush by Jose Rizal University.
This time around, however, Ayo’s boys took care of business right from the opening tip to the final buzzer for its first win in two tries.
As always, the UAAP MVP was at the forefront, fueling the 27-point first quarter that granted DLSU the double-digit lead it would keep the rest of the way.
In the end, Mbala had 30 points and nine rebounds.
Rookie Santi Santillan also impressed with 10 points and six rebounds as the Green Archers led by as much 25 even though Mbala didn’t even play much in the second half.
Still, the 1-1 standing is far from what Ayo wants. “Work in progress pa talaga kami,” he said, even though his “Mayhem” defense forced a whopping 43 turnovers which was quickly converted into 37 points.
The one-time NCAA and UAAP coach singled out their shooting from distance as an area for improvement. “Maganda ang laro ng mga bata, pero kulang na kulang pa. Hindi pa buo ang kumpyansa nung mga shooters,” he said.
Indeed, DLSU walloped its opponent by 23 points, but only made good on one of its 18 three-point attempts.
For the Altas, it was Gab Dagangon who showed the way with 17 points. No match for the powerhouse from Taft Avenue, they dropped their opening game of the tournament.
DLSU 94 – Mbala 30, Santillan 10, Tero 9, Tratter 8, Caracut 7, Melecio 6, Montalbo 6, Baltazar 6, Rivero R 4, Go 4, Rivero P 2, Paraiso 2, Gonzales 0, Capacio 0
PERPETUAL 71 – Dagangon 17, Hao 11, Pido 8, Yuhico 8, Eze 6, Ylagan 6, Coronel 4, Sadiwa 4, Singontiko 4, Clemente 3, Tamayo 0, Mangalino 0, Lucente 0, Casas 0
QUARTER SCORES: 27-13, 49-33, 76-56, 94-71
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