Green Archers register back-to-back wins, ruin Pasaolís record day
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 04, 2017 06:37 PM
NOT TODAY. Ben Mbala's career-high 39 points got the better of Alvin Pasaol's record-breaking 49 points.
On Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum, Alvin Pasaol scored the most points by a single player in a single game since 2002.
And yet, all of it wasn’t even enough to take down De La Salle University in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Pasaol scored 49 points for the University of the East, but Ben Mbala and the Green Archers still overwhelmed them for a 104-98 decision.
The Red Warriors’ main man’s output was six more than the 43-point outing recorded by then National University star Jeff Napa in the early ‘00s.
However, Mbala had a record day of his own, pounding in a career-best 39 points on top of 15 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. It was his third time in a row to set a career-best output.
“I just wanted to play smart. UE is very small so I capitalized on my size and strength,” he said post-game.
His fellow frontcourt player Abu Tratter also tallied his own career-high 24 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
Behind those two, the defending champions were in command from the get-go and never relinquished it the rest of the way.
It wasn’t just them, however, as eight other players also contributed at least two points and in all, they registered 28 assists.
With the win, DLSU strengthened its stranglehold on solo second now at 5-1.
Also with the win, they are now streaking heading into their highly-anticipated rivalry game against Ateneo de Manila University on Sunday at the MOA Arena.
There, the archrivals will be duking it out for the top spot.
After Pasaol, Philip Manalang and Mark Olayon were also in double-digits for the Red Warriors with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
It was all for naught, however, as they remain winless in six games.
DLSU 106 – Mbala 39, Tratter 24, Caracut 11, Rivero P 8, Rivero R 8, Montalbo 5, Santillan 4, Paraiso 3, Tero 2, Baltazar 2, Capacio 0, Go 0, Gonzales 0
UE 100 – Pasaol 49, Manalang 14, Olayon 13, Bartolome 6, Varilla 5, Derige 4, Acuno 4, Maloles 2, Abanto 2, Cullar 1, Conner 0
QUARTER SCORES: 28-24, 54-42, 80-63, 106-100
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