Mbala: La Salle to be different in Game 2
Philip Matel on Nov 25, 2017 09:07 PM
Defending champions De La Salle will have to expect star center Ben Mbala to lead the pack in a must-win Game 2 on Wednesday.
After being held to a career-low eight points on a three of seven shooting clip, reigning MVP Ben Mbala vows to lead the team in bouncing back against the Ateneo Blue Eagles in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball finals Wednesday.
Mbala, who also grabbed 12 rebounds, was not making any excuses on why he was held to such a low scoring output, and admitted the De La Salle Green Archers may have been too excited in their second-straight Finals appearance.
“They played a better game than us. They were able to score down the stretch, and made good stops, contrary to us. We didn't really run our plays and stick to the game plan,” Mbala said after the game.
While the Green Archers are known for their sandpaper “Mayhem” defense, the Cameroonian big man admitted that the Blue Eagles played more physical and seemed to want to grab the win more than the defending champions.
With that said, Mbala stressed the need for La Salle to stick to their game plan, expressing confidence to the schemes head coach Aldin Ayo will be able to create for Game 2 on Wednesday, and stick to their signature high-octane offense.
La Salle, which averaged 47.4 rebounds a game in the eliminations, was outhustled on the glass by Ateneo, 45-37, and was crucial to containing the La Salle surge in the third quarter.
With possibly the final game of the season in sight at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, Mbala vows to force a deciding Game 3 next Saturday.
“Obviously if we lost the next game, it's over. We are not just gonna go out there for a regular or mediocre game. We will go out and try to win the game. Without it, we're going to be out. Everything we've been doing the whole season will go to waste.”
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