Mbala, Melecio join forces as Archers destroy Bulldogs

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 19, 2016 06:53 PM
Mbala, Melecio join forces as Archers destroy Bulldogs
FULLY-LOADED. DLSU's talent from top to bottom was in full display as they overwhelmed NU.

With two of the top three individual performers, De La Salle University are undoubtedly the title favorites in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Proving that they have much more than Ben Mbala and Jeron Teng, however, the Green Archers put to good use another of their potent weapons to once again dominate National University.

Mbala had his 10th double-double in a row, Aljun Melecio’s rising star shined even brighter, and DLSU rolled to their 10th consecutive victory via a 25-point pummeling of the Bulldogs, 113-88, on Wednesday at the San Juan Arena.

The league-leaders actually stumbled to start the game and found themselves in a 10-point hole, 4-14, early on. “I thought NU played well. Hats off to NU,” assistant coach Paulo Sauler said.

The Archers regrouped behind team captain Teng, however, and rode a ruthless 30-11 rush for a 34-25 lead in the second.

Melecio was a big part of that in pouring in all but eight of his 18 points in the quarter. It was the prized prospect’s career-high in college.

DLSU only sunk their teeth deeper into their opponents’ skin and owned an advantage of as much 27 en route to the highest scoring output in the season thus far. “Our offense, it starts from our defense. From there, we just keep taking good shots and keep moving the ball,” Sauler said.

The Cameroonian powerhouse posted 29 points and 14 rebounds to remain as the engine that powers the still perfect pacesetters who are now officially back in the Final Four. Still, Sauler reminded everybody that they are far from their goal in saying, “We haven’t achieved anything yet so we want to keep working harder. We want to continue keep building our team.”

For the Bulldogs, it was Rev Diputado who led the losing effort with 23 points. Unable to do anything against the Archers’ onslaught, however, they suffered a fourth straight setback and dropped to 4-6.

BOX SCORES

DLSU 113 – Mbala 29, Melecio 18, Teng 13, Torres 12, Tratter 8, Rivero R 6, Caracut 5, Montalbo 5, Perkins 4, Baltazar 4, Rivero P 4, Sargent 2, Go 2, Dyke 1, Paraiso 0

NU 88 – Diputado R 23, Alejandro 17, Morido 13, Gallego 10, Salem 6, Pate 6, Salim 5, Mosqueda 4, Aroga 2, Diputado C 2, Abatayo 0, Go 0, Sinclair 0, Rangel 0, Yu 0

QUARTER SCORES: 24-23, 56-49, 85-75, 113-88

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