Player of the Week Mbala carries DLSU to best start since 2002
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 03, 2016 03:04 PM
SLAM DUNK. Ben Mbala is once again the hands-down choice as Player of the Week.
Powerhouse De La Salle University continues to assert their dominance in the UAAP Season 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament and so does prized import Ben Mbala.
The six-foot-seven Mbala came through with another pair of overpowering performances as the Green Archers completed a sweep of the first round for the first time since 2002.
A prized transferee from Cebu's Southwestern University, Mbala continued to show proof that he’s as good as advertised, averaging monstrous numbers of 23.5 points, 15. rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks in DLSU’s last two victories against UE and archrival Ateneo.
His desire to make up for lost time after violating the league’s residency rule, keeping him on the freezer for another year has been the biggest motivation for the Cameroonian. “I just want to make the most out of it," he said.
"I wanna make sure they remember the guy who was out for three years,” Mbala continued, who emerged as the hands-down choice for the ACCEL Quantum/3XVI-UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week honors, his second of the season.
In their hard-earned 84-78 win over the Red Warriors last Wednesday, Mbala was in his usual form,collecting 19 points and 17 rebounds on top of three blocks, as many assists, and a steal in 31 minutes of play.
Four days later Mbala played with added fire in the absence of suspended coach Aldin Ayo and injured star Jeron Teng in the Green Archers’ 97-81 win over the Blue Eagles, highlighting his 28-point, 13-rebound, five-steal performance with several rim-rattling dunks.
“Without coach and Jeron there, it's a test for us to show what we can do. I'm really proud of how the guys played as we stuck together,” he said.
Mbala edged NU’s Matt Salem and Alvin Pasaol of UE for the weekly citation.