DLSU marches forward to 5-0 after outclassing Adamson
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 24, 2016 04:33 PM
MISMATCH. DLSU still stands alone atop the leaderboard after stamping their class all over upstart Adamson.
De La Salle University is yet to find their match in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball – as even the coach who led them to five championships had no answers for them.
Ben Mbala stuffed the stat sheet, Aljun Melecio and Kib Montalbo delivered off the bench, and the Green Archers had their way against Adamson University in a 91-75 domination on Saturday at the MOA Arena.
It was the first meeting between the Taft-based team and Franz Pumaren who coached them from 1998 to 2009. “Gusto ko yung ganun na kalaban kasi pasok sa sistema ko na magulo,” first-year coach Aldin Ayo said, talking about his matchup with the multi-titled mentor.
This one was a mismatch right from tip-off, however, as Jeron Teng scored the first basket and spearheaded the strong start that already built an eight-point margin late in the first.
DLSU would not look back from there and owned a lead of as much as 19. Talking about the keys to yet another win, Ayo expressed, “We were able to execute our gameplan on offense and defense.”
The Soaring Falcons would come as close as 11 points a couple of times, but the Archers always had a ready counter en route to their fifth consecutive victory to start the season.
Mbala finished with 21 points, 16 rebounds, four steals, and three blocks to lift Ayo’s boys to a still league-leading 5-0. Teng and Melecio added 15 and 13 points of their own, respectively.
For Ayo, however, Montalbo deserved as much credit for being everywhere on the court and winding up with 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and two steals. “Kib naman, he prioritizes the intangibles. He just goes with the flow,” he said.
On the other hand, Jerrick Ahanmisi was the lone bright spot for Adamson with 22 points. No match for the league-leaders, however, they fall to 3-2 – technically still at second-place.
DLSU 91 – Mbala 21, Teng 15, Melecio 13, Montalbo 12, Torres 11, Baltazar 7, Tratter 6, Go 2, Sargent 2, Rivero R 2, Caracut 0
ADAMSON 75 – Ahanmisi 22, Manalang 15, Sarr 9, Pasturan 9, Manganti 6, Tungcab 5, Espeleta 2, Ochea 1, Mustre 1, Ng 0, Bernardo 0, Chua 0, Camacho 0
QUARTER SCORES: 22-17, 49-34, 66-52, 91-75
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