Ruthless Archers send Tigers to lowest of lows since 2003

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 23, 2016 04:29 PM
Ruthless Archers send Tigers to lowest of lows since 2003
BULLY BALL. DLSU just kept pounding on already grounded UST.

As if their 38-point beatdown back in the first round of the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament wasn’t enough, but De La Salle University still showed no mercy for University of Sto. Tomas.

Ben Mbala towered above all to pick off 21 points, 15 rebounds, and five blocks and the Green Archers brought the bulldozer on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum to dig a 43-point hole, 99-56, to bury the Growling Tigers in.

It was the Cameroonian’s 11th double-double in a row just as it was the league leaders’ 11th consecutive victory.

More than that, the Archers’ latest win was also UST’s worst loss since 2003 when Imperium began tracking statistics. It was five points worse than the previous record set last September 14 when the former scored a 100-62 triumph over the latter.

The Tigers actually roared out of the gates for a five-point lead and were still on top, 12-11, midway through the opening salvo. It was at that point that Mbala hammered down a putback that finally woke up DLSU.

The thunderous throwdown was just the beginning of a vicious 34-11 rampage that, all of a sudden, blew the game wide open with the Archers way out ahead, 45-23, at the half.

DLSU proved ruthless as Julian Sargent’s breakaway layup increased their advantage to as high as 46, 93-47, with 2:10 to go. Prior to that moment, Sargent was flanked on the floor by Mbala, Mark Dyke, Jason Perkins, and Abu Tratter – meaning they had no pointman.

Still undefeated through 11 games, the Archers clinched the first twice-to-beat advantage in the tournament. That is, if they will even be in the Final Four as three more wins automatically advances them into the Finals.

However, assistant coach Paulo Sauler reminded everybody, “We haven’t achieved anything yet. We want to just continue building our team and work on our improvements.”

Louie Vigil paced UST with 18 points, but had no help whatsoever to see his team fall to 3-8.

BOX SCORES

DLSU 99 – Mbala 21, Teng 16, Baltazar 10, Rivero R 9, Perkins 8, Torres 5, Montalbo 5, Tratter 4, Sargent 4, Dyke 4, Paraiso 4, Rivero P 4, Melecio 3, Caracut 2

UST 56 – Vigil 18, Subido 9, Sheriff 6, Huang 6, Lee 5, Arana 5, Lao 3, Faundo 2, De Guzman 2, Afoakwah 0, Macasaet 0

QUARTER SCORES: 19-15, 45-23, 68-37, 99-56

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