DLSU exacts revenge on Ateneo, closes in on ninth championship

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 03, 2016 06:00 PM
DLSU exacts revenge on Ateneo, closes in on ninth title
AVENGERS. Jeron Teng made sure there would be no repeat of an upset of DLSU at the hands of Ateneo.

De La Salle University’s first and only loss in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament came at the hands of archrival Ateneo de Manila University.

The Green Archers weren’t going to let there be a second one – not on Saturday at the MOA Arena, at least.

Ben Mbala again muscled his way to a double-double and Jeron Teng again came through in the clutch as DLSU fought off the very game Blue Eagles, 67-65.

On the back of their Cameroonian center and team captain, the Green Archers powered through a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three Finals. They need just one more win to claim the school’s ninth championship.

In the end, Mbala posted a 20-point, 15-rebound double-double while Teng tallied 10 points, four rebounds, three assists, and one block. “Winning time, para kina JT at Ben talaga yun. ‘Di magpapatalo mga yun,” coach Aldin Ayo expressed post-game.

More than the power pair, however, mayhem was back in full effect as DLSU blitzed to a 16-2 start.

Ayo’s boys were threatened throughout the final frame, but had all the answers for their archrivals. Matt Nieto even granted Ateneo its first taste of the lead at 65-64 with 34.6 ticks to go on the clock only to see Teng get it right back with a layup.

At the other end, it was again the graduating forward who deflected Aaron Black’s jumper. “Ben had a good seal and I saw an opening for the layup. Sa block naman, adrenaline na lang and buti natamaan ko yung bola,” he shared

A split from the stripe by Kib Montalbo and a miss on a halfcourt heave by Adrian Wong later and DLSU drew first blood from their archrivals.

Black was the lone Eagle in double-digits with 12 points.

Still, Ateneo was in the game until the dying seconds despite the missing production from Isaac Go who only had six points and two rebounds in 13 minutes on the floor.

Game Two of the rivalry series will commence on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

BOX SCORES

DLSU 67 – Mbala 20, Melecio 12, Teng 10, Sargent 7, Torres 5, Montalbo 4, Rivero P 3, Tratter 3, Rivero R 2, Caracut 1, Perkins 0, Baltazar 0

ATENEO 65 – Black 12, Wong 9, Ravena 8, Ikeh 8, Nieto Mi 8, Go 6, Verano 5, Nieto Ma 5, Tolentino 2, Asistio 2, Porter 0, Mendoza 0

QUARTER SCORES: 19-6, 36-26, 52-52, 67-65

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