Even without Coach Aldin Ayo and College Superstar Jeron Teng, La Salle are simply too much for Ateneo.
Ateneo was able to lead by as much as 6 points in the second quarter but since then it was all La Salle as they unleashed a 21 – 3 run and never looked back.
Ben Mbala dominates the game by finishing 28 points, 13 rebounds and 5 steals. La Salle also got a lift from Andrei Caracut, Abu Tratter, Thomas Torres, Kib Montalbo ang Ricci Rivero who combined for 48 points.
Defense basically makes it happen for La Salle as they forced Ateneo to 30 turnovers. They also dominates the inside game and posted a 52 inside points and 49 total rebounds
Ateneo was led by John Wong and Matt Nieto with 15 and 14 markers respectively.
La Salle sweeps the first round but the team says that they are still a working in and they are just around 75% to 80%.