Mbala’s work ethic distinguishes him as MVP, so says Ayo
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 24, 2016 05:31 PM
NUMBER ONE. Ben Mbala has all the talent in the world, but does not coast on it alone, according to coach Aldin Ayo.
Ben Mbala is set to become the first MVP from De La Salle University since Don Allado in 1999.
More than 20 points ahead of his closest competitor, the Cameroonian left no doubt as to who is the tournament’s top individual player.
And the mentor who has been overseeing his development each and every day is nothing but proud to see Mbala enjoying the harvest of his hardwork. As Aldin Ayo put it, “Of course, he deserves it. With the stats that he has, yung dedication niya sa laro, and yung commitment niya sa objective namin, he deserves to be MVP.”
The Green Archers’ coach made it a point to remind everyone that their 21-year-old powerhouse is not only dominating because of his God-given talents. “Talent-wise, he’s one of the most athletic players, pero if there’s one thing na kakaiba sa kanya, it’s his work ethic,” he shared.
He then continued, “He really works hard and kitang-kita naman ang resulta.”
Proving his coach correct, Mbala said he won’t rest on his laurels especially now that DLSU is merely two wins away from a championship. “My main objective is always to help the team be the champion. I don’t mind being MVP as long as we become champions,” he expressed.
He then continued, “If we don’t become the champions and I win MVP, it wouldn’t really do anything good for me.”
Indeed, Ayo was also quick to add that the reason the MVP race wasn’t even that close is because his prized ward powered them to 13 wins – and therefore, had 13 win bonuses. “If there’s one thing na nakatulong sa kanya, it’s not just the stats, but also winning. So ‘di lang talaga individual, para sa team pa rin,” he expressed.
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