#MAYHEM makes its return as DLSU vents ire on winless UST
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 30, 2017 04:18 PM
ANGER MANAGEMENT. Ben Mbala and DLSU got whatever they wanted against UST and in the end, came away with a big-time bounce back win.
University of Sto. Tomas’ weakness played right into the strength of De La Salle University.
And as if that wasn’t enough, the defending champions were also more motivated than usual coming off their first taste of defeat in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Wasting no time in re-imposing their winning form, the Green Archers dominated the Tigers from opening tip to final buzzer for a 29-point blowout, 115-86, on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.
A week removed from being upset by the University of the Philippines, “mayhem” was back in full effect in this one.
Reigning and defending MVP Ben Mbala and Santi Santillan fueled DLSU’s strong start that granted them a 17-5 lead. “We were very eager because we were disappointed after that game against UP. We needed to get back on track,” Mbala said.
The rest of the team only joined in on the fun from there and by halftime, they were comfortably ahead, 60-42. Of that output, 20 points were quickly converted after forcing 16 turnovers.
Without a doubt, “mayhem” proved too be too much for UST which, coming into the contest, was already the worst team in the league at taking care of the ball.
In the end, the Green Archers took full advantage of their opponents’ 35 errors with 37 points off turnovers.
Not even the absence of starting point guard Aljun Melecio could slow down the Taft-based team as Andrei Caracut and Kib Montalbo held down the fort by merging for 22 points, seven assists, and five rebounds while seldom-used Gabe Capacio and Ramil Tero also contributed with a combined 12 markers.
“We played unselfish basketball. Sobrang aggressive namin and we pushed the pace which is what we want,” assistant coach Miggy Solitaria said.
Of course, Mbala remained in the middle of it all with 29 points, nine rebounds, three blocks, two assists, two steals, putting his squad on his shoulder and onto solo second in the standings now at 4-1.
With the mighty rebound, the defending champions are back on a confidence high ahead of a matchup with University of the East and a rivalry game with Ateneo de Manila University.
Along with that, they also piled onto the misery of the Tigers who remain winless in six games. Wendell De Guzman topped the scoring column for them with 18 points, most coming when the game was all but over.
The 0-6 start is the storied school’s worst in the Final Four era.
DLSU 115 – Mbala 29, Caracut 14, Santillan 13, Rivero P 11, Montalbo 8, Tratter 8, Capacio 7, Go 7, Rivero R 7, Tero 5, Baltazar 4, Paraiso 2, Gonzales 0
UST 86 – De Guzman 18, Akomo 15, Sta. Ana 14, Lee 8, Faundo 8, Macasaet 8, Romero 4, Kwawukumey 4, Caunan 2, Huang 2, Escalambre 2, Arana 1, Lorenzana 0, Garcia 0, Soriano 0
QUARTER SCORES: 30-21, 60-42, 85-63, 115-86
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