UAAP: Ben Mbala tries to light a fire under La Salle at halftime vs FEU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 21, 2018 06:02 PM
UAAP: Mbala tries to light a fire under La Salle at halftime
Ben Mbala was a pleasant surprise for La Salle in their knockout bout vs FEU

In its first year without Ben Mbala, De La Salle University finds itself in a fight for the fourth-seed in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

At the half of their knockout bout on Wednesday, the Green Archers and Far Eastern University were entangled in a close contest that had the former up by just two, 38-36.

Without a doubt, after losing its last two games in the elimination round, the Taft-based team needed all the help it could get if it is to remain in contention.

Fortunately for them, they got just that in the form of Mbala himself.

Asked what he told his former teammates, he answered, “Just little tips about playing against FEU. Then I told all of them to just play hard.”

Indeed, if there’s one person who knows a thing or two about downing the Tamaraws, it’s Mbala.

In his two seasons in green and white, he has never lost to FEU.

Mbala had just wrapped up a stint in Korea and had just found time to go back to the Philippines.

Of course, one of the first things he wanted to do was to support his alma mater.

In fact, he had to brave both the non-stop traffic and the non-stop rain just to get to the Araneta Coliseum. “I had to get an Angkas to make it on time. it was super traffic, but I wanted to be here for the team and show support,” he said.

Now he’s here, all the one-time champion and two-time MVP wants to do is to show gratitude for the school that taught him a lot – both on and off the court. “I wanna show my support and how grateful I am to them. You know, I’m always a Lasallian,” he said.

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