DLSU finally takes out thorn on the side that is UP

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 15, 2017 07:43 PM
DLSU finally takes out thorn on the side that is UP
GOOD RIDDANCE. DLSU wanted nothing more than to down a UP side which has downed them a total of four times in the year.

De La Salle University has only had two losses from two teams in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

One was by the hands of archrival Ateneo de Manila University and the other was by the hands of upstart University of the Philippines.

And so, when the Green Archers met the Fighting Maroons again on Saturday, the former had nothing but revenge on its mind.

This is even truer as apparently, the defending champions have lost to State U a total of four times in the year. “There’s a long story that we have with UP. We lost to them like four times and I feel like this was a game of pride, getting back at them,” Ben Mbala said.

According to Mbala and team captain Kib Montalbo, DLSU lost to UP twice in pocket tournaments in Davao, once in a tuneup game in Manila, and another time in the first round in the season.

“We wanted this win so bad,” Montalbo expressed.

That much was clear in the two teams’ second round matchup as the Green Archers crushed the confidence of their opponents with an emphatic 85-62 win.

The reigning and defending MVP imposed his will to the tune of 27 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks and played the part of primary defending on King Maroon Paul Desiderio. Montalbo also finally shook off his struggles with 12 points, three rebounds, three assists, and one assist.

And so, Mbala, nothing but satisfied with their effort, said, stating the obvious, “I think we did (get back at them) today.”

Yes, Ben. That’s exactly what a 23-point win does.

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