By the Numbers: La Salle is scary even without Mbala

Paul Lintag on Sep 18, 2017 05:28 PM
By the Numbers: La Salle is scary even without Mbala
Without Ben Mbala, Aljun Melecio has emerged as the leading scorer of the UAAP. No, not just La Salle, but of the entire league.

Would you believe that week 2 just wrapped up in UAAP Season 80?

Yes, time flies when everything is action-packed.

As the new season warms up, storylines are starting to form as well. Contenders are getting established and pretenders are starting to get exposed.

By the numbers is starting to warm up as well so let's get straight to it. Hit 'em with facts.



Number of turnovers committed by UST against Adamson.

This is the collegiate game, it's understandable is basketball is a little sloppy. But 41 errors? The game only goes for 40 minutes.

The Growling Tigers did NOT take care of the ball well in their loss to the Soaring Falcons and their terrible mark is the worst in the league since 2003 when FEU gave the ball away 44 times.



Number of wins by UP since head coach Bo Perasol took over in Season 79.

The Fighting Maroons won a grand total of seven games from Season 73 to 78.

If you don't Bo-lieve in UP yet, you better start doing so.



Number of points scored by UP's Paul Desiderio, his career high.

Desiderio poured 16 of his total output in the third period against the UE Red Warriors, leading State U to victory and a 2-1 record so far in Season 80.



Number of points scored by the De La Salle Green Archers in a victory over the NU Bulldogs, the highest by a team in the league since 2003.

The champs were absolutely phenomenal in winning that shootout against the Bulldogs, one of their primary challengers for this season.

Oh, the Green Archers scored that much just in regulation and without Ben Mbala. My goodness.


Scoring average of La Salle sophomore Aljun Melecio, number 1 in the UAAP so far.

The reigning Rookie of the Year has been ballin' without Mbala, leading the champs to an early 2-0 mark as they wait for the reigning MVP to come back from national team duties with Cameroon.



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