Green Archer Mbala: 'Throw it to the air and I'll take care of the rest'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 02, 2016 08:06 PM
Mbala: 'Throw it to the air and I'll take care of the rest'
SKY HIGH. Ben Mbala's got whatever lob you throw up at him.

Ben Mbala totaled 28 points, 13 rebounds, five steals, one block, and more than a few dunks in De La Salle University’s all-out domination of archrival Ateneo de Manila University.

The highest of the highlights of that performance on Sunday at the MOA Arena had to be his “oop” of an “alley” from Thomas Torres.

 

 

While Torres’ lob looked to be way off and Mbala was just able to salvage it with his otherworldly athleticism, that play was apparently always in the Green Archers’ playbook. As the hulking Cameroonian himself put it, “We’ve been working on it with our fastbreak drills. We’ve done that more than a hundred times.”

The first-year big man then went on to say that he has always been telling his teammates to just do it. “Coach trusts us with our decision-making so like what I tell them, ‘If you see me, throw it in the air and I’ll take care of the rest,’” he shared.

Don’t get the wrong idea that Mbala is always out and highlight-hunting, however. “It’s not like I go about the game and think about making dunks. I go there thinking I want to play defense,” he said.

He then continued, “When we get stops, we run. If you’re wide open, go for it.”

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