Mbala vows comeback after lackluster Game 1

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC While he acknowledged Ateneo’s defensive schemes, which held him to a career-low output in points and field goal attempts with seven shots, the 6-foot-7 Cameroonian insisted he could have played better.“They played good defense,” said Mbala, who put up 28 points in La Salle’s second-round win over Ateneo. “I average 20 points per game but they held me to eight points.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Expect me to be more aggressive offensively [in Game 2]. They (Eagles) were able to get in to my head, that is something that shouldn’t happen again.”The Eagles made the big run that gave them enough buffer to weather La Salle’s last rally when Mbala was on the bench nursing four fouls. View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s part of the game,” said Mbala. “We don’t want to look for excuses why we lost. They wanted it more than us.”Chiz Ikeh and Isaac Go took turns in guarding Mbala, but the Eagles also clogged the paint each time the big Cameroonian attacked. With Mbala struggling, Aljun Melecio picked up the cudgels with 24 points. But La Salle’s guns fell silent in the last 2:35 of the game, allowing the Eagles to seal the win.Mbala said they have no recourse but to play the game of their lives this Wednesday.“Obviously if we lose the next game then it is over,” said Mbala. “We are not going to go out here just to have a mediocre game. We have to win or everything we’ve been doing throughout the season will just go to waste.”ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nazareth-NU, La Salle-Lipa seal title tiffcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Expect a more aggressive and assertive Ben Mbala in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 finals.Limited to just eight points in the 70-76 defeat to Ateneo in the championship series opener at Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday night, the reigning Most Valuable Player from La Salle center vowed a resounding comeback this Wednesday when the fierce rivals square off anew at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img

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