La Salle Destroyed Ateneo, 97 – 81; Sweeps 1st Round of Elimination

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%.

The scores:
DLSU (97) — Mbala 28, Caracut 14, Tratter 10, Torres 8, Montalbo 8, R. Rivero 8, Melecio 5, Perkins 5, Dyke 4, Baltazar 2, Go 2, Paraiso 2, P. Rivero 1, Sargent 0.
Ateneo (81) — Wong 15, Ma. Nieto 13, Asistio 11, Ravena 11, Mendoza 9, Ikeh 7, Porter 6, Go 5, Babilonia 2, Mi. Nieto 2, Tolentino 0, Verano 0.
Quarterscores: 20-20, 53-36, 80-58, 97-81.

Ricci Rivero sparked La Salle to a come from behind win over National University

Known as the High School Phenom from College of Saint Benilde and the Brother of Prince Rivero. Ricci entered the game late in the 3rd quarter and since then, La Salle took over the game and ended it with 75 to 66 victory.

The first 2 and a half quarter of the game was all NU with the help of their veterans, Matt Salem and JJ Alejandro. Their lead balloons to 9 points, midway of the 3rd quarter. Also helped NU is that Teng, Tratter and Mbala got into foul trouble.

But since the Ricci’s entrance, it seems La Salle already knew the formula for NU. They turned into their small line up with Ricci Rivero, Kib Montalbo, Thomas Torres, Andrei Caracut and Ben Mbala.

It was all La Salle in the 4th quarter as Teng, Mbala and Tratter took over the game.

Teng finishes with 23 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists while his compatriot, Ben Mbala finished the game with 16 points and and 15 rebounds for La Salle. NU was led by Matt Salem and JJ Alejandro with 15 and 14 markers apiece.

La Salle remains the only unbeaten team in the league with 4-0 record while NU droped to 2-1

De La Salle Green Archers favored to sweep it all. Can they really do it?

Having one of the best line up ever in the league history, the DLSU Green Archers are favored by a lot of people to sweep it all up to the finals? Can they do it? Let’s check!

They already won twice this season. They won against FEU with a slim margin while they basically dismantled UP last Saturday at Araneta.

We already knew that they have a Jeron Teng in their line up but the biggest factor why people saying that they can do it because of Ben Mbala. Mbala for me was the best player right now in the league. He averages 21.5 points and 18.5 rebound per game.

Other than those 2 superstars, they also have their other holdovers like, Thomas Torres, Kib Montalbo, Abu Tratter, Prince Rivero, Jollo go, Julian Sargent and Joshua Caracut. They also have a bunch of rookies that was a High School Phenoms back in their days like Aljon Melencio, Ricci Rivero, Mark Dyke, Justin Baltazar and Brent Paraiso.

The line up is great but what scares me the most is that DLSU is now taking pride in their defense. Coach Aldin Ayo is very vocal in term of their defense and that defense is one of the best weapon so far of DLSU.

It is too early for other to predict what’s gonna happen but there will be a possiblity that DLSU can do it.

Prediction:
– Yes! DLSU will sweep it all.
– MVP awarf for Ben Mbala.

NU’s defense, too much for Ateneo as the Bulldogs wins 70 to 60

NU knows that the key players for Ateneo was Aaron Black and Thirdy Ravena so they focused their defense to those guys and successfully doing it by winning 70 to 60.

Black and Ravena only scored a total of 6 point, a far cry from combined 40

points in their first game.

Biggest factor on this game was the explosion of Matt Salem who scored 9 points in the 3rd quarter which led to NU’a dominance since then.
Rev Diputado led NU with 16 pointa while Ateneo’s only bright spot is Michael Nieto who scored 14 points.
Box score:
NU: 70 — R. Diputado 16, Salem 12, Aroga 11, Morido 10, Alejandro 8, Salim 4, C. Diputado 4, Rangel 2, Gallego 2, Pate 1, Abatayo 0, Mosqueda 0, Yu 0, Go 0, Sinclair 0.
ADMU: 60 — Mi. Nieto 14, Wong 9, Asistio 8, Ikeh 8, Ma. Nieto 7, Babilonia 4, Black 4, Ravena 2, Go 2, Verano 2, Tolentino 0, Porter 0.
Scoring per quarters: 20-20; 32-32; 52-41; 70-60.

FEU dominates inside as they hold down the Soaring Falcons

Richard Escoto, Axel Iñigo and Kimlee Bayquin pushed FEU to their 1st win of the season against ADU Falcons. They all scored their career highs in points, 13 each for Escoto and Iñigo while 9 points for Bayquin.

FEU also avoid a 0-2 start which they last tasted in the Arwind Santos era of the team.
They dominates the inside game specially the rebounding. A desparity of 19 rebounds is too much for any team and not suprisingly, ADU lost the game, 75 to 65.
The usual suspect for ADU, Ahanmisi, Manalang and Manganti was unable to had a good groove this time.
After scoring 104 points in their first game, ADU only scored a total of 65 points.

Box Score:
FEU: 75 – Iñigo 13, Escoto 13, Jose 11, Bayquin 9, Arong 7, Holmqvist, Orizu 3, Nunag 3, Tuffin 3, Dennison 2, Trinidad 2, Comboy 2, Bienes 2, Ebona 0, Denila 0.

AdU: 65 – Ahanmisi 19, Sarr 11, Mustre 10, Manalang 8, Manganti 6, Espeleta 4, Camacho 3, Ochea 2, Pasturan 2, Bernardo 0, Ng 0, Tungcab 0.

Quarter Scoring: 13 – 14, 32 – 28, 53 – 45, 75 – 65