Bad news for foes: Too-good La Salle will only get better | Inquirer Sports

Bad news for foes: Too-good La Salle will only get better

By: - Reporter / @cedelfptINQ
/ 05:06 AM September 17, 2017

What was expected to be a rough patch for La Salle—without reigning Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala—has turned into a showcase of its depth and firepower.

And with Mbala suiting up against Adamson on Wednesday, the defending champions could be more potent than ever from now on in UAAP Season 80.


“We’re on this level but when Ben (Mbala) arrives, we will just raise our game with him,” said La Salle coach Aldin Ayo, after the Green Archers once again brandished their explosive offensive arsenal in hacking out a thrilling 115-109 victory over the National U Bulldogs Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.


And that’s just bad news for the rest of the league.

Pushed into a fast and frenetic game by the Bulldogs, the Archers proved more than equal to the challenge, before turning to brothers Ricci and Prince Rivero down the stretch to get the job done and tie fierce rival Ateneo on top.

Later, Adamson, getting solid games from Robbie Manalang and Kurt Lojera, warmed up for the duel against La Salle by holding off University of Santo Tomas, 88-81.

“We were a different team compared to our last game,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren, whose team had 16 steals.

The Tigers, who committed a season-high 41 turnovers, fell to their second straight loss.

Struggling with just two points in the 95-90 victory over Far Eastern U in the season opener, Ricci Rivero bounced back with 21 points. Ricci set up older brother Prince for a layup for a 112-107 advantage with 25.8 seconds remaining.

The Archers made 15 triples with Aljun Melecio and Jolo Go nailing five each. Melecio had 20 points and eight assists as La Salle registered the highest output in a half in 14 years with 65 points in the first half.

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TAGS: aldin ayo, aljun melecio, La Salle, Ricci Rivero, UAAP

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