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  1. #21
    No need to panic, bilog naman talaga ang bola, ikaw ba naman shoot-an ng UAAP record 16 three-pointers, baka kahit All Defensive First Team ng NBA hindi kaya depensahan 'yon.

    Benoit Mbala continues to shine with a career-best 34 points.

    Ajlun Melecio picked the wrong time to play like the sophomore he is, getting only five points on horrendous shooting.

    Naman kasi, hindi ba talaga uso kay Coach Ayo ang hard show at quick close out sa perimeter? Mainit na nga kalaban parang ayaw pa din maniwala na nakaka-shoot talaga sila, lalo si Paul Desiderio.

    Coach Ayo, didn't you review our Fil Oil game?

    Dito na lumalabas ang sinasabi kong baka hindi talaga sanay mag-develop ng talent si Coach Ayo; he won with a very veteran Letran team, then won with a very veteran Lasalle team nung andun pa Jeron, Perk, Thomas.

    Ngayon puro bata na players niya, pwera kina Kib at Prince, kanya pa din ang best import ever na si Mbala. May talent ang team ni Coach Ayo, gunggong lang ang magsasabing superior across the board ang talent ng UP.

    So it came down to things like defending more quickly and more urgently against a hot-shooting UP perimeter, shuffling personnel better and not letting that poor kid Melecio just keep laying on the damn bricks.

    Even Jun Manzo was having his way with the Lasalle perimeter (non)defense.

    Oh well, mahalaga midway pa lang naman ng Round 1, may panahon pa para umayos ang reigning champions.

    It has to begin with Coach Ayo though, pakita niya na hindi lang siya sumasandal kay Mbala.

  2. #22
    Parang mahilig nga talaga sa mga hinog/pahikog na na players si coach Ayo. He tried to recruit UST's 6'7" wunderkid (but underutilized by Sablan) Justin Arana and Renzo Subido. They also tried to get Aries Dionisio of St. Clare who, I think, will be ineligble anyway

  3. #23
    ^ Ayun na nga ba sinsabi ko Brod.

    Matagal ko nang suspecha na mahina sa player development si Coach Ayo, now we are seeing it firsthand.

    So the problem moving forward now is how will he maximize the potentials of the three sophomores he has now kung mahina pala siya sa development?

  4. #24
    Malaki ang contribution sa aggregate talent level ng Lasalle ni Benoit Mbala. Just by being on this roster he makes Lasalle still the top team in terms of actual talent.

    Meron ka pang Leonard Santillan, magkuya na Rivero, Andrei Caracut, Aljun Melecio, Kib Montalbo, Justin Baltazar, Abu Tratter. Manaka-naka may Tero pa. Andiyan pa ba si Gonzalez? Hindi ko kasi masyado napupuna. Kung nandiyan isa pang deep reserve 'yan.

    Super sure ako chamba lang ang pagkatalo sa UP. Napatunayan 'yan nung tambakan naman si UP nang FEU, at tambakan ng Lasalle ang UST after nung UP loss.

    So ayan na tayo. This is without a doubt the most talented team of Season 80.

    Ang tanong na lang diyan: Why does it seem they aren't dominating the field as much as their obvious talent suggests?

    Ang kasagutan diyan ay dapat manggaling kay Coach Aldin Ayo.

    Aanhin ko pa si Mang Tab. Siguro naman sa gulang at karanasan niya dapat lang naman na nakakapalag ang Ateneo gawa ng system niya. Take away that system and I guarantee kamote na ang Ateneo, simply because Ateneo has nowhere near the natural talent of Lasalle.

    So ano mangyayari sa October 8?

    Sana naman ano man ang mangyari hindi maging laban na meron lang uminit at natmabakan ang kabila. Sana talagang tagisan ng husay at talino sa laro ang maganap.

    In any Ateneo-Lasalle match all the stats and analysis can be set aside, ibang klaseng pride na ang usapin diyan.

    Whoever can manage and channel the pride better will win.

  5. #25
    The one who managed the pride better did indeed win.

    Ricci Rivero however showed that he is the future for Lasalle.

    Coach Aldin Ayo also has his work cut out for him in developing another point guard outside of Aljun Melecio.

    And what were those plays he was running? One or two passes, then a one on one move, or a quick shot.

    Ateneo also got more steals, isn't Lasalle supposed to be the one unleashing mayhem on defense?

    In any event, there is still the second round ahead of us, and these Archers can only get better.

  6. #26
    Blue Eagles squander big lead but recover to beat Archers and complete first-round sweep

    From: Reuben Terrado

    October 8, 2017, 06:25 pm

    MATT Nieto made a crucial defensive stop, leading to two free throws with 3.9 seconds to play as Ateneo escaped with a 76-75 win over La Salle on Sunday to sweep the first round of the UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Nieto came up with a big deflection off an inbound pass by La Salle, which was protecting a one-point lead.

    It led to Nieto getting fouled by a La Salle defender and he nailed two pressure-packed free throws to give Ateneo the lead.

    On the last La Salle possession, Ben Mbala was unable to throw up a decent shot, allowing Ateneo to preseve its clean slate that now stands at 7-0 at the end of first round action.

    Nieto finished with 16 points for the Blue Eagles, who led by as many as 14 points.

    It was a stunning loss for La Salle, which had a 75-74 lead with 1:03 left in the fourth and forced a 24-second shotclock violation with only 7.8 seconds to play

    Known for forcing turnovers, La Salle committed the critical miscue when Kib Montablo threw a lob to Andrei Caracut that was tapped by Nieto, who was fouled while attempting a shot.

    "Actually, we were asking for better defense," said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga.

    "Credit to the players that in the final minutes, they followed the defensive scheme that coach Tab (Baldwin) wants us to do especially when we came up with that steal by Matt."

    Anton Asistio had 13 points, while Jolo Mendoza added 10 points as the two combined for seven of Ateneo's nine triples.

    Despite falling behind big in the first two quarters, La Salle was able to bounce back in the third quarter. The Green Archers closed out that quarter with a Ben Mbala follow-up and a Jollo Go triple to get to within a point, 63-62.

    The Green Archers took the lead with three minutes left in the fourth on a tip in by Abu Tratter, 73-71.

    Ricci Rivero contributed 19 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals for the Green Archers, who also got 18 points and 13 rebounds from Mbala.

    La Salle ended the first round with a 5-2 record, tying Adamson for second place in the team standings.

    The scores

    Ateneo 76 - Ma. Nieto 16, Asistio 14, Mendoza 10, Ravena 9, Verano 6, Go 4, Tolentino 4, Mi. Nieto 4, Black 4, Mamuyac 3, Ikeh 2.

    La Salle 75 - R. Rivero 19, Mbala 18, Go 11, P. Rivero 8, Caracut 5, Paraiso 5, Tratter 4, Montalbo 3, Santillan 2, Gonzales 0.

    Quarterscores: 28-16; 43-36; 63-62; 76-75.

  7. #27
    Ben Mbala rues Archers' failure to stay focused in endgame: 'We just didn't play mature basketball'

    From: Reuben Terrado

    October 8, 2017, 08:30 pm

    BEN Mbala says the Archers didn't play like themselves as they fell to their archrival Blue Eagles on Sunday to end the first round of the UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament.

    The Green Archers appeared on the verge of pulling off a win but made a big mistake in the endgame after Matt Nieto deflected an inbound pass that led to the third-year point guard nailing two free throws for the victory.

    Mbala was very disappointed with the crucial miscue that resulted in their second loss in seven games.

    "Despite the fact that we were able to get back in the game and get the lead, for the last few seconds of the game, we just didn't play mature basketball by turning the ball over and fouling them," Mbala said.

    "We really played poorly and they got the last second shot. We paid the price. When it's Ateneo-La Salle, you can't afford to do things like that," Mbala said.

    Mbala also said the Green Archers are not the defensive team that they used to be, and that was evident when Ateneo hit nine triples including seven in the first half.

    "Ateneo was really hot. They made seven (threes) in the first half. We have to stick to our game plan and continue executing. That is why we were able to get back in the game."

    Mbala added: "We are not a defensive-minded team we used to be last year. That's something that we need to change."

    The good thing is that La Salle still has the time for adjustments as the Green Archers enter the second round with a 5-2 win-loss record.

    "It's only the first round. There is still a lot of time to work on our chemistry especially on defense," said Mbala.

  8. #28
    Archers rip Warriors to stretch streak to four and secure spot in UAAP semis

    From: Reuben Terrado October 25, 2017, 04:15 pm

    LA Salle overwhelmed University of the East, 99-78, on Wednesday to notch its fourth consecutive win and clinch a Final Four berth in the UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    The Green Archers never trailed and led by as many as 27 points to hike their record to 9-2 and tightened their grip on second place behind unbeaten Ateneo.

    The Green Archers are on their longest winning run of the season, while the Red Warriors suffered their eighth time loss in 11 matches.

    Ben Mbala had 25 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks for the Green Archers, Santi Santillan added 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Ricci Rivero and Justine Baltazar each scored 13.

    Pasaol had another solid outing with 23 points, but way short of the 32-point performance against University of the Philippines on Sunday.

    For most of the game, he had to take shots over the Mbala and ended up with an 8-of-19 field goal shooting.

    La Salle was up 28-18 at the end of the first period and took a commanding 74-47 lead in the third quarter.

    Although UE was able to cut the gap to 14 in the fourth period, La Salle kept its composure as the Archers responded with another run to take full control once again, sweeping its season series with the Red Warriors.

    The scores:

    La Salle 99 ? Mbala 25, Santillan 14, Ri. Rivero 13, Baltazar 13, Melecio 7, Tratter 6, Montalbo 5, P. Rivero 4, Caracut 3, Go 3, Gonzales 3, Paraiso 2, Tero 1, Capacio 0.

    UE 78 ? Pasaol 23, Olayon 18, Derige 9, Varilla 8, Maloles 6, Acuno 6, Cullar 4, Bartolome 2, Cruz 2, Manalang 0, Conner 0, Gagate 0.

    Quarterscores: 28-18; 53-34; 77-55; 99-78.

  9. #29
    Ben Mbala feels he could've done better defensive job on prolific Alvin Pasaol

    From: Reuben Terrado October 25, 2017, 08:28 pm

    BEN Mbala said he was not satisfied with how he defended Alvin Pasaol in the La Salle's grudge match against University of the East on Wednesday in the UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament.

    Pasaol managed to score 23 this time after a 49-point performance in their first match, a huge cut but still a little too much as far as La Salle?s Cameroonian reinforcement is concerned.

    "I felt like I could have done a better job," said Mbala. "But we got the W and that's fine with me."

    Pasaol was guarded for much of the match by Mbala, who had also been assigned to smaller guys including Paul Desiderio of University of the Philippines.

    The job against the burly Pasaol provided a unique challenge for the 6-foot-8 Mbala.

    "Pasaol has no conscience. Even if he is wide open or not, he will take shots. You can't predict when he is going to attack or drive or shoot," said Mbala.

    Mbala said La Salle coach Aldin Ayo told him to be on his toes against Pasaol, who made eight of his 19 shots from the field.

    "Just stay in front and try your best to give him the harder shot you could give him," said Mbala.

    Mbala, however, admitted he is getting the hang of guarding smaller guys thanks to his training in between games.

    "It?s getting easier for me, I won't like. I've been practicing on my quickness and how to stay in front of smaller guys. It's really easy? It's getting easier and easier. My body is better because I've been running since coach told me to guard smaller guys."

    "But I have a lot of things to work on," said Mbala.

  10. #30
    La Salle overcomes double-digit deficit to ground Adamson Falcons, book return to finals

    From: Reuben Terrado November 18, 2017, 06:41 pm

    LA Salle made up for a flat start with a big fourth-quarter run to beat Adamson, 82-75, on Saturday and book a return to the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament finals.

    The second-seeded Green Archers went on a 14-0 run to start the fourth quarter to wipe out a double-digit deficit and foil the Falcons' bid to send the Final Four match-up to a deciding game.

    Instead, the Green Archers marched on to the finals where they will face the winner of the other semifinal match-up between Ateneo and Far Eastern University on Sunday, also at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Ben Mbala had 27 points and 14 rebounds while Santi Santillan finished with 15 points and eight rebounds for the Green Archers, who are bound for their 20th finals appearance since moving to the UAAP in 1986.

    Ricci Rivero added 14 points, six rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks for the Green Archers, who turned a 54-63 deficit into a 68-63 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

    Adamson coach Franz Pumaren, however, had a lot to say about the officiating after the Falcons lost a 15-point lead in the game.

    Pumaren was also heard shouting to the referees, "worst officiating" at the hallway area after the game.

    Jerrick Ahanmisi had 17 points but was limited to three points in the final quarter due to the leech-like defense of Kib Montalbo.

    Robbie Manalang added 16 points while Tyrus Hill had 10 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks for the third-seeded Adamson.

    The scores:

    La Salle 82 - Mbala 27, Santillan 15, Ri. Rivero 14, Melecio 7, Montalbo 5, Caracut 4, Tratter 3, Go 3, P. Rivero 2, Baltazar 2, Paraiso 0.

    Adamson 75 - Ahanmisi 17, Manalang 16, Hill 10, Lojera 7, Sarr 6, Bernardo 6, Manganti 5, Espeleta 4, Pingoy 2, Zaldivar 2, Ochea 0.

    Quarterscores: 11-21, 33-39, 54-63, 82-75.

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