Will Ben Mbala miss the UAAP Finals?
NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER. Ben Mbala was called by FIBA as a "key name" for Cameroon in the upcoming Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers.
Ben Mbala missed the first two games of De La Salle University in the UAAP 80 Men's Basketball Tournament.
There's a chance he may miss miss more.
The Cameroonian was named part of his national team's lineup for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers scheduled from November 24 to 26.
This was not a surprise as the 22-year-old had a starmaking stint in the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket with averages of 21.8 points and 9.3 rebounds through his country's quarterfinals finish.
His time wearing the Cameroonian flag caused him to miss the Green Archers' first two assignments up against Far Eastern University and National University.
Still, the defending champions took care of business and won without Mbala.
This time around, however, things may be different as the UAAP Season 80 will be well approaching its climax by the time of the African Qualifiers. In fact, Game 1 of the Finals is slated for November 25.
As it stands, the Green Archers and archrival Ateneo de Manila University are the top two teams in the tournament.
ABS-CBN Sports reached out to Mbala and DLSU head coach Aldin Ayo for comment, but have yet to receive a response.