DLSU’s Mbala: ‘They say we are team-to-beat? No.’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 30, 2017 08:05 PM
NO FAVORITISM. Even after registering the biggest margin of victory thus far, Ben Mbala said DLSU is just like any other team in the tournament.
A week ago, De La Salle University tasted its first defeat in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
It was a sobering loss for a side that was – and still is, quite frankly – favored to go back-to-back.
For reigning and defending MVP Ben Mbala, however, there was actually some good to be had after it all. “It was a wake-up call. Coming off last season, being the champions, they say we are the team-to-beat,” he told reporters.
He then continued, “No, we are a team like everyone else. Everyone has a chance to win the championship.”
But following their mighty rebound at the expense of luckless University of Sto. Tomas, the aura of invincibility just may be making its way back to the Green Archers.
Enforcing “mayhem” from opening tip to final buzzer, they scored a 29-point blowout, 115-86. It was the biggest margin of victory thus far in the season.
Asked what turned around after their 11-point loss to UP, Mbala answered, “I feel like we played better defense. We were able to execute our ‘mayhem’ and we were able to force them into turnovers that led to easy fastbreak baskets.”
Indeed, in the end, the Green Archers took full advantage of their opponents’ 35 errors with 37 points off turnovers.
And still, even after the season feat, the Cameroonian powerhouse said he is adamant that this is far from the final form for the Taft-based team. “It’s still the first round and we are still making adjustments. I feel like we are going to get better sooner or later,” he said.
He then continued, “There’s always room for improvement and we got to keep on working.”
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