DLSU dominates Chung Chou, sweeps bracket to advance to BLIA Cup Semis
Published on July 28th, 2017 | by Resch Untalan
The Green Archers crush Chung Chou University from Taiwan, 97-74, Friday in Kaoshiung, Taiwan, to remain unbeaten in the Buddhist Light International Association (BLIA) Cup.
The defending UAAP champions took control of the whole match by leading in all quarters. The first quarter looked like each team was adjusting to each other finishing the period at 25-24. Still, the Taiwanese cagers kept pace with the Archers at the rest of the half, ending it at 46-42.
Chung Chou had no answer at the second half as the Green and White squad unleashed their trademark ‘Mayhem’ on the floor finishing the third canto, 67-56 and extending that double digit lead in the fourth quarter.
Ricci Rivero spearheaded the squad with 23 points, 9, rebounds, 6 steals, and 3 assists. Meanwhile, reigning UAAP MVP Ben Mbala also stuffed the stat sheet contributing 20 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 3 steals.
This was a better game for the Green Archers compared to their last two outings in the tournament.
Last July 25, they faced the defending Division I champions of Taiwan, the Chien Hsin University of Science and Technology. The Taft Squad won this showdown of champions, 110-103 behind Mbala’s monster 37-point performance.
In their second outing last July 27, DLSU went up against the Vanguard University Lions from the US. The younger Rivero sent the game to overtime with a clutch triple with nine ticks left on the clock and ultimately took over the game in overtime giving the Archers an 84-81 win.
With a 3-0 record, the Green Archers obtain the top seed in Bracket A of the tournament and will be facing up against Tsinghua University from China for the semi-finals tomorrow, July 29 at 3:40PM.