With Mbala on him, Pasaol scores above-average 23 points
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 25, 2017 07:32 PM
I GOTCHU. Ben Mbala made Alvin Pasaol work for each and every one of his shots, but the latter still dropped 23 points on the former.
The University of the Philippines’ Paul Desiderio posted a career-high 30 points on De La Salle University in the first round of the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
And so, in the second round meeting between the two teams, the Green Archers put their “best defender” in Ben Mbala on him.
That strategy proved to be nothing but effective as the King Maroon only had seven points.
Also in the first round, Alvin Pasaol of University of the East dropped a milestone mark 49 points at the expense of the defending champions.
And so, in the second round meeting between the two teams on Wednesday, they again put Mbala on him to make sure that wasn’t going to happen again.
Indeed, the King Warrior didn’t even get to half of his milestone mark and only had 23 points in 42 percent shooting to go along with nine rebounds in this one.
Still, those numbers were still above his per game counts of 22 points in 42.9 percent shooting to go along with 7.1 rebounds.
As such, Pasaol was satisfied with how he performed with the reigning and defending MVP all over him. As he put it, “Mukhang okay naman e. Siya, 25 (points) ata tapos ako 23 (points), not bad naman para sa akin.”
He also went on to say how he was able to use his advantage in quickness against Mbala. “Siyempre, tao lang siya e, nagkakamali din siya e. Kinailangan lang i-drive ko rin talaga kasi sobrang laki niya,” he said.
Indeed, even the six-foot-eight musclebound center said he could have done better against the six-foot-three wide-bodied forward. “I stuck to the game plan and did what coach asked me to do: just give him the hardest shot ever. If he makes that, then he did,” he said.
Still, Mbala reminded that at the end of the day, it was he and his team who came away with the 99-78 win. “Well, I felt like I could have done a better job against him, but I’ll take that. We got the W and that’s fine with me,” he said.
At the end of the day, the Cameroonian had nothing but props for the Davaoeno. “Pasaol is… let’s say he has no conscience because if he’s wide open or not, he’ll take the shot. You can’t really predict when he’s gonna attack or shoot so you just have to stay in front of him and try your best to give him the hardest shot ever,” he said.
And at the end of the day, Mbala has now limited two of the best scorers in the league.
The reigning and defending MVP just doesn’t stop getting better, doesn’t he?
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