Green Archers’ defense frustrate Altas for first Filoil preseason win

Ben Mbala tries to dunk the ball over UPHDS’ GJ Ylagan in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup. Mbala led the Archers’ onslaught with 30 points and 9 rebounds. (Photo by Jamil Buergo) 


The De La Salle Green Archers made life miserable for Perpetual Help Altas throughout the game with their defense as it notched its first win of the young Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup tournament with a 94-71 victory Sunday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Down 9-13 early in the first quarter, La Salle unleashed a crippling 20-0 run bridging the first and second quarter brought about by their trapping defense as they forced the Altas one turnover after another. A Jack Hao three pointer halted the run in the 7:06 mark of the second quarter to trim the deficit to 29-16.

“Defensively, I liked how the boys played today” claims La Salle head coach Aldin Ayo, whose Archers forced a league-high 43 turnovers to their opponents and converted them to 37 points.

The win got the groove back for the Taft-based dribblers after a surprising opening day loss to JRU last week. After losing his first game as a Green Archers head coach in the Filoil tournament, Ayo welcomed the loss as an eye-opener for his young squad who lost veterans Jeron Teng, Jason Perkins and Thomas Torres to graduation. “We still have a lot of work to do. Mabuti na yung natalo kami (last game) kasi ang mindset ng mga bata champions sila eh. They had to realize na tapos na yun at kailangan nang magtrabaho para ma-defend ang championship” said Ayo.

UAAP Season 79 MVP Ben Mbala had his usual monstrous game tallying 30 points and 9 rebounds for the Archers in just 21 minutes of Action.

Apart from Mbala, La Salle rookies led by Leonard Santillan and Ramil Tero also contributed well for the Archers scoring 10 and 9 points respectively. Their performance, including Josh Gonzales who went scoreless but had 4 assists in the game, impressed Coach Ayo. “Yan talaga ang mga gusto kong players eh. Yun parang mga ninja” quips Ayo, referring to his gung-ho rookies.

Gab Danganon topscored for the Altas with 17 points.

The scores:

DLSU (94) — Mbala 30, Santillan 10, Tero 9, Tratter 8, Caracut 7, Montalbo 6, Baltazar 6, Melecio 6, Ri. Rivero 4, Go 4, Pr. Rivero 2, Paraiso 2, Gonzales 0, Capacio 0

UPHDS (71) — Dagangon 17, Hao 11, Yuhico 8, Pido 8, Eze 6, Ylagan 6, Sadiwa 4, Coronel 4, Singontiko 4, Clemente 3, Tamayo 0, Mangalinon 0, Lucente 0, Casas 0

Quarterscores: 27-13, 49-33, 76-56, 94-71.