DLSU stays unscathed after pounding on UE
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 26, 2016 04:32 PM
All was clear from start to finish for De La Salle University on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum – so much so that coach Aldin Ayo didn’t even need his case to be heard.
Never letting up from a 14-4 start, the Green Archers never trailed in their 95-66 victory versus University of the East that keeps their slate immaculate in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
When the two teams last matched up, Ayo had himself ejected after complaining about a missed call and then offering eyeglasses to a game official. There wasn’t anything of the sort this time around, however, as DLSU’s strong start vanquished any doubt from the get-go.
Ben Mbala remained a force and recorded 26 points, 20 rebounds, and four blocks while Jeron Teng had 20 markers of his own. Nothing but satisfied with the effort of his players, coach Aldin Ayo said, “Umaangat na yung laro namin, pero may mga aspects pa na kailangan naming trabahuin.”
He then continued, “The good thing is, right now I can say we’re playing as a team.”
The league-leaders only exploited their size advantage and clobbered their opponents on the glass, 71-24. Mbala, Abu Tratter, and Jason Perkins had 45 rebounds by themselves.
Now standing at 12-0, the Archers are two wins away from an eliminations sweep and an outright berth into the Finals. Also, one more win and they match their best start in school history.
Still, Ayo is the first to step on the breaks on thinking too far ahead. “Tignan natin kasi marami pa pwedeng mangyari. (Tulad ng) UE in 2007 so ‘di muna namin iniisip,” he said, referring to the Red Warriors’ elimination round sweep that ended in a championship loss almost a decade ago.
Alvin Pasaol was the lone bright spot for the Red Warriors with 17 points. Falling to a 2-9 standing, however, they have been eliminated from the playoffs for the seventh straight season.
DLSU 95 – Mbala 26, Teng 20, Torres 11, Melecio 9, Perkins 7, Tratter 6, Rivero R 5, Rivero P 5, Sargent 4, Baltazar 2, Montalbo 0, Caracut 0, Paraiso 0, Dyke 0
UE 66 – Pasaol 17, Bartolome 9, Derige 9, Batiller 8, Abanto 6, Varilla 5, Charcos 4, Gagate 4, Manalang 2, Olayon 2, Palma 0, De Leon 0, Armenion 0
QUARTER SCORES: 24-15, 37-27, 70-48, 95-66
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