La Salle survives Vanguard University in overtime, remains undefeated in the BLIA Cup in Taiwan

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Facing a formidable opponent in US NAIA Division 1 squad Vanguard University Lions, the De La Salle Green Archers showed their grit and resiliency in a come-from-behind 84-81 overtime win to go up to 2-0 in the BLIA Cup in Taiwan.

In the moments that DLSU needs to score, Ricci Rivero took over for DLSU and showing that take the big baskets for the green and white squad.

Ricci Rivero finished the game with 25 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals including a game-tying three in regulation that forced the game into overtime.

In overtime, the sophomore guard made a crucial steal then finished with a euro-step layup giving La Salle the lead that led to victory against American squad.

Ben Mbala once again dominated for the Archers with 28 big points together with 7 rebounds, while Kib Montalbo chipped in 13 points with 6 rebounds and 5 steals.

Shacquille Dawkins topped Vanguard University with 26 points and Donte Williams with 19.

Box Scores

DLSU – Mbala 28, R.Rivero 25, Montalbo 13, Santillan 8, Melecio 4, Tratter 4, Caracut 2, Go 0, Baltazar 0.

VU – Dawkins 2, Williams 19, Wilborn 9, Griffin 8, Lee 6, Moore 5, Saufferrer 3, Hood 3, Kennedy 0, Anderson 0, Brothers 0, Hoosein 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 17-14, 31-35, 50-57, 75-75, (OT) 84-81