DLSU, UE stay positive despite loss of Mbala, Alberto

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 18, 2015 08:33 PM
DLSU, UE stay positive despite loss of Mbala, Alberto
GOOD VIBES. DLSU and UE both said they will be moving on from the loss of Ben Mbala and Dan Alberto, respectively.

De La Salle University and University of the East will not be appealing the UAAP board decision that left two of the names expected to step up for their team ineligible for the upcoming season.

The league board last Monday decided that Ben Mbala will have to be sanctioned for playing in a commercial league and Dan Alberto has already used up all his playing years. Mbala was looked to plug into the Green Archers’ donut hole in the middle while Alberto was looked to stabilize the Red Warriors’ inexperienced playmaking corps.

DLSU coach Juno Sauler told ABS-CBN Sports that practice went as normal after they heard about the league decision. “We would have wanted him to play, but ganun talaga e,” he said.

Asked how Mbala took it, Sauler answered, “He’s very optimistic. Hindi naman siya na-disappoint.”

UE mentor Derrick Pumaren described the same feeling for Alberto as he said, “He feels bad, but he knows God has other plans.”

Pumaren also described the Red Warriors’ practice to have gone smoothly after learning of the league decision. “We just have to abide by it. We just have to move on,” he said.

As for the backcourt that got young fast with the exits of Alberto and Roi Sumang, the Red Warriors coach said, “We want our weakness, which is now our guards, to be our strength. We expect good things from Edgar Charcos, Philip Manalang, and Fran Yu.”

The Green Archers mentor also said that Mbala’s ineligibility coupled with the loss of Norbert Torres and Arnold Van Opstal is only a challenge for the remaining players. “We'll just have to make up for it in other areas,” he said.


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