DLSU Sports Round-up: Lady Spikers vs Lady Bulldogs in the Final Four

The De La Salle University Lady Spikers are in the Final Four for the 10th straight year! On Sunday, the Taft squad, who holds a twice-to-beat advantage, faces fourth seed National University Lady Bulldogs. Both teams split their elimination round games with NU winning the first in five sets, while La Salle gaining victory in the second in three sets.

DLSU Sports writers Khyte Mendoza, Karl Dela Cruz, and Genrev Villamin shared their thoughts and analyses on the La Salle-National U Final Four match-up.

Takeaways from La Salle-National U in Rounds 1 and 2:

Khyte – In their first meeting, La Salle went back to their bad habit of relaxing when they’re up two sets to none. NU gained momentum after they won the fourth set and carried it to the fifth to snatch the victory. Jaja Santiago was a beast on that game. In round 2, La Salle bucked slow starts in the first two sets, then, dominated the third to sweep NU. It was a revenge game for DLSU and they proved to everyone once again that La Salle’s tatak is to bounce back after a heartbreaking loss. National U peaked too early, while the Lady Spikers are peaking at the right time.

Karl – With both teams unbeaten prior to facing off in the first round, it was a virtual toss-coin match between DLSU and NU. It was an evenly matched game with NU peaking and La Salle maintaining its deadly form. I think it was just the breaks of the game and who had the momentum which allowed an NU win. It has been a recurrent problem of La Salle to be complacent when they are up two sets which may have been a factor in their loss.This may have played part in the loss but for whatever it was worth, it was surely a learning experience for the Lady Spikers. Also, NU’s first-round loss against FEU revealed the Lady Bulldogs’ weakness — service-reception, which La Salle and all other teams were able to utilize giving NU a five-game slump in the second round. La Salle being known as a heavy serving team was able to clobber the once top-seeded team with high impact services even giving the team 13 service aces as compared to NU’s 5 which disrupted the Lady Bulldogs’ rotation.

Genrev – It could have been an easy straight-set win over NU had La Salle won the very tight first set of their Round 1 meeting. Being the defending champions, I expected the Lady Spikers to easily win the fifth and final set. And yes, they were actually in control of almost the entirety of it. However, it shocked me and for sure the whole UAAP community, too, when the complete turn-around happened. Jaja Santiago took over with 27 huge points. Risa Sato, Aiko Urdas, and Audrey Paran were all enjoying the game, scoring here and there, and all finishing in double figures. I thought that the Lady Spikers slowly but surely became relaxed when they were three points away from becoming the only unscathed team through four games. Despite the loss, I still had high confidence that the Lady Spikers can bounce back. True enough, La Salle did it in Round 2, and in just three sets. It was almost a statement game against their Round 1 tormentors.  And what was notable in the Lady Spikers’ and the Lady Bulldogs’ Round 2 meeting? La Salle’s prowess at the service line and NU’s woes on the receptions. The Lady Spikers made it rain aces with 13 in that game.

How can the Lady Spikers beat the Lady Bulldogs in the Final Four? 

Khyte – Heavy serves. La Salle’s strength is NU’s kryptonite. Second, the Lady Spikers must also, at least, limit Jaja’s production. Next, they must be disciplined on defense and display various attacks on offense (run combination plays and balance their attacks). They should avoid slow starts too. Lastly, never relax.

Karl – For the Lady Spikers to beat NU in the Final 4, they just need to repeat their second-round faceoff strategy against NU. They just need to serve hard and target their services to break the Lady Bulldogs’ attack pattern. With Cheng and Dy getting analyzed by other UAAP teams, Tiamzon and Ogunsanya also need to step up to confuse the opponent’s blocking. In addition, the Lady Spikers must always keep an eye on Santiago and Sato, their prolific scorers and be ready when Singh comes in to play.

Genrev – The Lady Spikers almost have everything on their side to beat the Lady Bulldogs in the Final Four. Roster? Check. Experience? Check. Momentum? Check. They just have to redo the good things that they did in their Round 2 meeting. And not just redo, but also improve them as adjustments are expected from NU. The Lady Bulldogs, who banner top spiker and a motivated Jaja Santiago, have the edge in spiking. But the Lady Spikers, who have two top servers in Desiree Cheng and Michelle Cobb, have the edge in serving. And they can capitalize on it as NU’s efficiency in receiving is a tournament-low 22.49%.

Key Match-up:

Khyte – Battle of the Towers. Majoy Baron and Jaja Santiago will be fun to watch. I was thinking they will cancel each other out, but I’m still excited to see how one will outplay the other. These two middle blockers are very vital to their respective team. I want to see how they will defend. Both are top-of-the-line blockers, but who will make her presence felt more is what I’m interested to find out.

Karl – I’ll be keeping an eye out for the matchup against Cobb and Nabor. Both setters have advantages against each other which will be crucial points in their faceoff. Cobb is generally a more defensive setter. THE. GIRL. CAN. BLOCK. Cobb has blocked some of the tallest players in the league today. And if you’re wondering why there would be times Cobb gets her way through with digging, it’s helpful to know that she also played libero for NCR in the Palarong Pambansa a few years back.

Moving on to Nabor, this girl has been a spectacle to watch whenever she goes for a one-two punch attack, leaving the opposing team dumbfounded with how quick and strong she executes her plays. Being a converted setter, you can see the eagerness of Nabor to attack whenever she has the chance and that makes her a deadly offensive option whenever she’s in front. With most of the Lady Bulldogs’ plays centered on their middle hitters, it’s amazing how Nabor could get lousy first balls up in play for deadly hits from Santiago and Sato. This is one thing that she has mastered throughout the season.

Genrev – Kim Kianna Dy versus Risa Sato: different positions but both key contributors to their team’s campaign. After the elimination round, Dy topped La Salle in scoring with 187 points. She averaged 14.14 points per game after putting up 99 of those in the second round. Dy is a very versatile opposite spiker. More than spiking, she can also contribute in blocking and serving. Right now, we can say that Dy is really peaking. She capped the eliminations with 12, 17, and 13-point outputs in their last three games. And if the Lady Bulldogs fail to contain her early in the game, she might just get her rhythm going and lead the team anew to victory.

Meanwhile, Risa Sato is second to Jaja Santiago in scoring for the Lady Bulldogs. The thing is, after averaging 9.29 points per game in Round 1, her scoring dipped to 7.29 points per game in Round 2. And while it is not that bad, for a team whose top scorer averages 20 points per game, it is not a very impressive number. Nonetheless, we know that the former national team member still can put up double digits and is still one of the targets of the Lady Spikers’ defense. She definitely has to up her game if the Lady Bulldogs are to upset the defending champions.

DLSU’s X-factor in the Final Four vs NU?

Khyte – Tin Tiamzon. She had a strong showing against Ateneo to end the eliminations. Des Cheng and Kianna Dy will produce, however, Tiamzon has been inconsistent this season. She can score if she wants too. It’s a matter of consistency for Tin. If she continues to erupt in the Final Four together with the other scorers, it will be a quick work for La Salle against NU.

Karl – I always admire La Salle’s middle blockers. My X-Factor for this game would have to be Aduke Ogunsanya. In the past few games, she has had trouble with her scoring output, but notice how studious this girl is when it comes to blocking. Kill blocks might not be instant but at least a one-touch allows La Salle to regroup and save time for a vicious attack pattern. I believe Aduke will be stepping up in the semifinals and towards the Finals if ever. With the junior Lady Spiker, the strength has always been there, she just needs to jell well with Cobb to start the match to give her a deadly edge in the entire game. With their game against NU, Aduke may as well be the barometer for La Salle’s possible win in the match. Going against Sato and possibly Santiago, Aduke needs to enforce a higher level of confidence. Nevertheless, I’m pretty sure she’ll deliver from this game on.

Genrev – DLSU’s x-factor for this series is Tin Tiamzon. Though averaging a decent 7.29 points per game in the second round, a little more consistency has to be expected from her. In their last three games, she posted only four and five, before hitting 11 markers against Ateneo. She does not have to lead the team in scoring, although we know that she can be a threat once she catches fire. But if she can hit consistently one set at a time, then the Lady Bulldogs, who we assume to have studied Baron, Cheng, and Dy by then, might have to rethink their strategies.

Fearless Forecast: 

Khyte – After the battle on Sunday, La Salle will march into another finals appearance. They’re the more complete team offensively and defensively. Coach Ramil knows how to contain Jaja. National U can bring the fight, but the Lady Spikers are just on a different level right now.

Karl – With the Lady Spikers hoping to go for another three-peat, I could see them taking the Finals slot in just one game. The Lady Spikers are hungrier and more intact compared to NU. La Salle’s strength is NU’s weakness which will really spell out the difference in their matchup. The Lady Spikers literally have a deeper bench against NU and I’m sure Coach Ramil will have a few tricks up his sleeve when the Lady Bulldogs try to switch things up with their rotation. Although the saying goes, “bilog ang bola,” I believe La Salle will take this game in just one outing. With regard to how the game will go, it may as well be a three-setter but with Santiago’s last playing year at stake, she’ll be hoping for a better swan song which could extend the match to a four or five-setter.

Genrev – La Salle will win this in just one game. La Salle is just a more complete and more seasoned team. When I say complete, not only do I refer to the 14 Lady Spikers in the lineup. What I mean is that the team has 14 Lady Spikers, from starters all the way to the bench, who can definitely contribute to the team. On the other hand, when I say seasoned, we have no debate here. La Salle edges NU by a mile in terms of playoff experience. Coach Ramil de Jesus has been here every single season, so do the veterans, Dawn Macandili, Kim Kianna Dy, and the reigning MVP Majoy Baron. More than these two factors, the Lady Spikers also clearly have the momentum after sweeping their last eight games, whereas we all know how the Lady Bulldogs fared in the second round.

Note**

The DLSU Sports’ writers’ opinions do not reflect those of the whole De La Salle University community. So, do you agree with each of them? Comment what you think!

DLSU Green Booters succumb to Ateneo, suffer first lost of the season


DLSU Green Booters succumb to Ateneo, suffer first lost of the season

The De La Salle University Green Booters bow to Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, 2-1, in the UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football Tournament at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, earlier today.

La Salle suffered their first defeat after opening the season with a 2-0 record.

The first half was uneventful for the two parties. Both the La Salle and Ateneo clad men showed a slow pace with minimal attempts that resulted to a 0-0 tie.

Things turned around as Jarvey Gayoso blasted a goal against four DLSU defenders early in the second half in the 49th minute mark to gain a 1-0 lead.

Then, Gayoso doubled the edge of Ateneo in the 66th minute mark.

When almost all hope was lost for the Green Booters, Mauro Acot kept the Green side alive with a goal for in the 83rd minute mark.

However, it was all too late for a DLSU comeback as time expired.

Lady Spikers outlast Lady Tamaraws in five sets to stay perfect

The De La Salle University Lady Spikers overcame a scare from the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, 25-22, 25-17, 24-26, 23-25, 15-17, in a nerve-wracking collision in the first round of UAAP Season 80 Women’s Volleyball Tournament at the FilOil Flying V Arena, earlier today.

This is the second five-set match for DLSU in three outings and the Lady Spikers have won them both; improving to an unblemished 3-0 record.

Dawn Macandili was hailed as the Best Player of the Game with 34 excellent digs and 13 excellent receptions. Kim Kianna Dy posted 18 points, 15 coming from attacks and two from blocks. Last year’s MVP MaJoy Baron added 16 markers, while Aduke Ogunsanya and Desiree Cheng chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively. Michelle Cobb had 49 excellent sets.

With a 5-0 blast to open the game, La Salle continued to pound on FEU and built a 10-point lead as they did not look back to clinch the first set.

Coach George Pascua’s crew showed more fight in the second set, but DLSU showed composure down the stretch to deny an FEU comeback. The Morayta-based squad committed a combined 25 unforced errors in the first two sets wherein DLSU took advantage.

La Salle had an 8-3 lead in the third canto as they looked to finish the match in three sets. The Lady Tamaraws, however, had other ideas in mind. FEU stayed close to the Taft spikers as much as they can until the latter made enough breathing room. Baron put her team into match point, 24-22, but back-to-back errors from Dy and two straight points from Bernadeth Pons and Cayuna extended the game.

FEU started out hot in the fourth frame as they built a five-point edge after a 1-2 play from Gel Cayuna. DLSU kept within shouting distance, trimming down the lead until an ace from Cheng tied the set at 22-apiece. The Green side, though, shot themselves in the foot with crucial errors at the end of the set. Heather Guino-o capped the set with an ace.

Both teams kept it close in the early moments of the fifth set. Coach Ramil De Jesus decided to send in Arriane Layug for Cobb to add some height on the front line and it paid dividends as La Salle blasted into a 9-5 lead. FEU tried to get back into the game, but the deficit was just too much to overcome and their consecutive errors were costly with Cheng eventually sealing the victory for the Lady Spikers.

Pons led the scoring for the Lady Tams with 21 points. Celine Domingo tallied 12 points including five blocks for the FEU side who slid down to a 1-2 card.

 

 

DLSU Lady Tennisters fall to UP Lady Maroons


The De La Salle University Lady Tennisters suffered their second loss of the season at the hands of the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, 1-4, at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, earlier today.

The game began as Team Captain, Rachelle De Guzman, delivered an outstanding performance by blanking Monica Cortez in two straight sets, 6-0 6-0, This was the lone win for the Lady Tennisters and the second lone win for De Guzman. Her game was followed by Jenni Dizon who lost in a tight fight against UP’s Danielle Carranza, 5-7 and 1-6. Kylla Orillosa’s match against Monivic Santos of UP also ended unfavorable to the girls when she loss in two-set sweep, 4-6 and 2-6.

In the doubles, Jed Aquino and Nikki Arandia lost to their opponents in straight sets, 5-7 and 3-6. Kiana Gacias and Mary Alcantara also dropped their game in two sets against Lady Maroons Denise Jimenez and Theresa Tan, 0-6 and 0-6.

The Lady Tennisters seek to bounce back as they face arch-rivals Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles on Feb 18, still at the same venue.

Arthur, Lady Booters overcome UP to start title defense

The De La Salle University Lady Booters started their title defense with a come-from-behind victory over the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, 3-1, in the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Football Tournament at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. earlier today.

Shannon Arthur, who came back from a year off because of an ACL injury, scored a brace in the 60th and 90th-minute marks, while Chelo Hodges pierced in a goal in the 35th minute.

The Lady Maroons surprised the Green side early in the match as Red Sajonia blasted a cross in the 23rd minute to give UP the 1-0 lead.

With their backs against the wall, DLSU quickly erased the deficit with substitute Hodges pinching in the equalizer off another cross from Kyla Inquig in the 35th-minute mark.

La Salle did not look back as Arthur netted a free kick via a long volley to put the Lady Booters up, 2-1, in the 60th minute.

Arthur sealed in the dagger in the 90th-minute mark, unleashing another long-range boomer on the way to victory.

Support the Lady Booters as they face the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses on February 14, Wednesday, 9 AM at the same venue.

 

 

 

 

Green Booters secure their first game of the season against FEU, 3-1.

The De La Salle University Green Booters opened their Season 80 campaign with a thrilling win against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 3-1, on Wednesday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

The Tamaraws scored the first goal of the game at the 22nd minute of the first half. The Green Booters continued to attack until dynamic player Matthew Custodio delivered their first goal. Custodio made it at the 35’ mark. The last ten minutes of the first half were then filled with numerous attempts from both parties. However, none was successful to increment their scores as the first half ended, 1-1.

In the second half, the Green and Gold continued to attack with empowered hearts. Every attempt from the Morayta-based squad was denied by the Taft-based squad’s mighty defense. At the 77th minute, Lawless tangoed with the ball from Jed Diamante and scored La Salle’s second goal, to the delight of the green crowd. But just a minute after that and before the celebration has even ended, Koizumi delivered another goal for the Green Booters, giving them a two-point lead, 3-1. Defensively, Coach Hans’ team played like a well-oiled machine working together to maintain their lead. The game was extended by four minutes, but the Tamaraws seemed to have run out of gas, as the Green Booters marched on to a 3-1 victory.

Matthew Custodio, who delivered one of his best performances, was named as the man of the match. He was scoring and defending at both ends of the game.

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The DLSU Green Booters will face the Adamson University Football Team for a 2-0 start on February 11, 1:30pm at the same venue.

DLSU Green and Lady Tennisters fall to UST Growling Tigers


The De La Salle University Green and Lady Tennisters both received their first lost of the season today against University of Santo Tomas with a score of 2-3 for the men and 1-4 for the women earlier today at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

Green Tennisters

Betto Orendain gave his best in the first singles of the day against UST’s Dave Mosqueda but had to bow down after the second set, 2-6. Team captain Kyle Parpan, then, changed the tides and tamed the Growling Tigers with a two-set sweep. LA Caninarez also played great, defeating his España-based opponent in two straight sets as well, 7-6 6-3.

It was an intense match for the doubles team of DLSU when both extended their matches to three sets. However, they had to give this round to UST. The tandem of Qoqo Allian and Jonah Cano faced off Mark Cabahug and En-en Lopez of UST in 3 sets, 6-7, 6-4, and 7-5. Another close match was followed by Green Tennisters Jello Cerezo and Dale Gorospe, 2-6, 6-4, and 2-6.

With their first loss, team Captain Kyle Parpan said that the DLSU tennisters must once again find their rythym to keep their podium dreams alive.

We all learned from what happened to us in today’s matches, I know we are all in good shape, it’s just the minor details, during crunch time, are what we need to work on.” Parpan said.

Lady Tennisters

The Lady Tennisters were only able to snatch one game from the Growling Tigresses. DLSU’s Kyla Orillosa lost to Kendies Malinis in two sets, 6-0 and 6-2 while Jenni Dizon played a three-set game against Thomasian Erika Manduriao, 7-6 2-6 6-0. DLSU Lady Tennisters’ Team Captain, Rachelle De Guzman, stepped up to avoid a sweep by demolishing Monica Cruz in two sets, 0-2 and 2-6. This was their lone win for the match.

For the doubles, Nikki Arandia and Jed Aquino succumbed to the Lady Tigresses, 7-5 and 6-4. The duo of Kianna Gacias and Annika Silangcruz also faced the same fate when they loss in two consecutive sets, 6-0 and 6-1.

Though facing a tough loss, the Green and White squad promised to finish the season with flying colors and to use their mistakes as lessons. Although it was truly a heartbreak for both teams, team captain Kyle Parpan is determined to lead his team to get back up and win for La Salle.

After all the matches, we were able to regroup and realized that we should play smarter and be able to control our nerves in our up coming matches. The team is taking this loss as a wake up call to correct our mistakes and to not be stiff under pressure.” Parpan said.

UAAP Season 80 Preview: Green and Lady Tennisters aim for Podium

The Green and Lady Tennisters are once again ready to perform their hearts out for the Lasallian community in the UAAP Season 80 Tennis Tournament.

Last season, the men in Green jumped from a winless season to a podium finish led by team captain Kyle Parpan and singles-tennis monster Betto Orendain. Jonah Cano also contributed his share especially in the doubles category. Parpan said that through their obstacles, they were happy that all their sacrifices paid off.

“There were games when our opponents were [more] skilled compared to our players. On other days, it was more on waking up on the right side of the bed. “

However, in the same season, the ladies found themselves at the bottom of the team standings. Lady Tennisters team captain Rachelle De Guzman mentioned that it was truly a bad season for the whole team. She said that there was not any personal issue last year, but admitted that some members of the team, including her, were not able to attend a number of training sessions due to school requirements or family affairs.

“I think there’s no more personal issue in the team. Sa training naman, it’s normal lang talaga na umabsent. Honestly, ako hindi ko nako-complete yung training sa isang week. But we need to make up for it and do extra workout.”

Though coming from different endings in the previous year, both teams used their situation to their advantage. Taking their wins and losses as lessons, Parpan shared that this season, they increased their standards in trainings as each session became extra challenging. They also made sure to maximize training times in courts.

“We did the same thing as last season but this time, we increased our standards. Each training session got more difficult and hopefully it will all pay off.”

Last season, Cess Castillio maxed out her playing years for the Lady Tennisters while the men’s counterpart didn’t lose any players. This season, 4-5 players will be playing their last year so everyone stepped up in their own way. The women’s team even discussed among themselves to help each other improve their performance.

As the season slowly peaks into the horizon, both the Green and Lady Tennisters are optimistic for a podium finish in Season 80.

“I want to end my UAAP career with flying colors. We just have to step up and believe [in] one another,” De Guzman exclaimed.

Parpan, on the other hand, mentioned that they plan to take it one game at a time to turn their fortunes around.

“We are optimistic this season but we are not looking into the future that far just yet, we plan to take and think about one game at a time, if we get ahead of ourselves, we might stumble,” he ended.

Support the Green and Lady Tennisters as they compete in Rizal Memorial Stadium on Feb 3, Feb 4, Feb 10, and Feb 18.

 

Green Tennisters: Betto Orendain, Kyle Parpan, Jonah Cano, Qoqo Allian, La Cañizares, Hans Asistio, Dale Gorospe, Rap Teng, Gelo Cerezo, Rey Mayo

Lady Tennisters: Rachelle De Guzman. Jenni Dizon, Jed Aquino, Nikki Arandia, Kylla Orillosa, Kiana Gacias, Mary Alcantara, Irish Arugay, Annika Silangcruz

 

Green Archers erase 21-point deficit vs Blue Eagles to force Game 3

Written by: Dara Evangelista

Game 2 of the back-to-back dream UAAP Basketball Finals held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 29, 2017, concluded with an outstanding victory from the Green Archers. The classic rivalry of DLSU and ADMU ended with a score of 92-83 in favor of the green side, keeping the Taft-based athletes’ championship hopes alive.

The first basket was granted to DLSU with a layup from Ricci Rivero. However, the Green Archers failed to find their rhythm during the first quarter with a mix of defensive breakdowns, giving a 32-15 lead for the Blue Eagles.

The second quarter seemed to worsen for La Salle when Ricci committed his 4th personal foul early in the period. The blue shirts also had garnered their biggest lead of the season, with 21 points ahead of their rivals. However, moments after, just when DLSU was losing hope, Ben Mbala unleashed a massive slam-dunk, providing a much-needed confidence booster for the La Salle team and the crowd. The tides turned from then on when team captain Kib Montalbo motivated his teammates during a time-out. Aljun Melecio and Montalbo then provided numerous baskets to narrow the gap to 9 by the end of the second quarter, 42-51, ADMU.

Going into the second half, minimal scoring was happening on the blue side compared to DLSU’s scoreboard being bombarded by Season 78 Rookie of the Year, Andrei Caracut. Ricci also redeemed himself when he scored six straight points, assisting Santillan in tying the game at 56-all. Mbala, then, puts the team in the lead but was immediately answered across the court, ending the scoring drought of Ateneo. With minutes to go for the third quarter, Caracut gave everything he had into a shot causing him to almost fall off the border, 66-59 DLSU. La Salle outscored Ateneo, 26-8, to turn things around and finally take the lead, 68-59.

In the payoff period, Caracut started with 2/2 on the line. Mbala was also sinking with basket after basket to keep the Katipunan-based squad at bay. Ricci side-stepped his way to the rim to push the lead to 11, 85-74, in favor of La Salle. With 20 seconds remaining, Montalbo blocked a crucial three-point attempt that would have brought AdMU closer. He, eventually, hit his charities to end the game.

Two-time MVP Ben Mbala bounced-back from a lackluster performance in Game 1 with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Ricci Rivero added 18 points, 12 in the final frame, while Andrei Caracut came live with 13 markers.

The Green Archers needed more than just brawns. They found themselves in the second quarter and played smarter than ever. They remain undefeated in the Smart Araneta Coliseum this season. Looking to defend the crown, the boys in green will be playing their hearts out on Sunday, December 3, 4pm.

Box scores:

DLSU 92 – Mbala 20, Ri. Rivero 18, Caracut 13, Melecio 12, Montalbo 9, Santillan 8, Ra. Rivero 8, Tratter 4, Tero 0, Go 0, Baltazar 0

ADMU 82 – Ravena 20, Black 15, Asistio 13, Go 11, Ma. Nieto 10, Ikeh 6, Mendoza 5, Tolentino 2, Tio 1, Verano 0, Mi. Nieto 0, Mamuyac 0, Porter 0

Quarter-scores: 15-32, 42-51, 68-59, 92-83.

Mbala bags second straight MVP, claims Mythical Five honors with Rivero in UAAP Season 80

For the second straight year, De La Salle University Green Archer Ben Mbala won the Most Valuable Player award in the UAAP. He also bagged the PSBankable Player of the Season and the Most Efficient Player honors.

The Cameroonian was also named as part of the Mythical Five in the collegiate league’s 80th edition together with teammate Ricci Rivero.

Aside from the Mythical selection, Rivero was hailed as the Most Improved Player. Hiding behind Jeron Teng’s shadow last year, the high-flying guard took a huge leap in his numbers as he became a vital cog in La Salle’s offense this season.