Big Ben says Archers need to be accountable after first loss
Paul Lintag on Nov 06, 2016 09:37 AM
"We have to be accountable of what we did, it's just a loss so we have to learn from it." --- Ben Mbala.
Big Ben is taking some big lessons from his first defeat in the UAAP.
After suffering a rather convincing 71-83 loss at the of Ateneo Sunday, Ben Mbala is simple going back to work and try to win the next game for La Salle.
There's not much point in dealing with this game after all.
"You always have to learn from losing. You cannot just win everyday. It's something that we have to learn to accept and just go back to the court and work harder," the leading MVP candidate said.
The towering Cameroonian reinforcement refused to blame the long break in La salle's sluggish game as he made it a point that the Green Archers should be accountable of what they do on the court.
Ateneo was simply the better team in their second round matchup and the loss, La Salle's first in 13 games, was all on them.
"It's not about the break, it's about being able to stay in shape and be ready. You just need a small break [to recover] but we won't say it's because of the break. We have to be accountable of what we did, it's just a loss so we have to learn from it. Leave it in the past," Mbala said.
La Salle's minor hiccup was celebrated online as it meant that Taft won't get to sweep the UAAP this year. It also meant that there will be a Final Four.
However, Mbala was having none of the whole sweep thing. That's not La Salle's goal for Season 79.
"It's not about sweeping, it's about coming out and taking it one game at a time. It's not about thinking about the future. It's a long way to go for us," he said.
With one more game before they take the court for the playoffs, Big Ben made it know that not much has changed with their squad.
They're still the same team that has struck fear into the hearts of their opponents by virtue of playing Mayhem basketball.
"We won't back down. This is a loss today but it doesn't mean to say that we're a different team. We're still La Salle, we've been working on our game since summer so we won't just let it all go just because of a game. We just have to come back stronger," Mbala said.
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