Payback! La Salle dominates UP, to remain in second place.

“It’s Payback Time”

There would be no major upsets this time around as the DLSU Green Archers got their revenge against the UP Fighting Maroons, 85-62, Sunday in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Embarrassed by the hot-shooting Maroons during their round one encounter, the Archers made sure that this time around, there would be no celebration from the Diliman fateful.

La Salle controlled the game from start to finish as the De La Salle Green Archers dominated the UP Fighting Maroons.

With the win, La Salle moves up to solo second place with a 7-2 record. Meanwhile, after starting the season at 3-1, UP is now down to 4-5, and the Maroons would need a strong showing in their next few games if they want to remain in the Final Four picture.

UP kept the game close for the majority of the opening period, but La Salle used a run late in the first quarter to seize control of the ball game. A Jollo Go triple pushed the lead to double digits, as the first quarter ended, 24-14 in favor of the Green and White. La Salle then broke the game wide open during the second quarter. Ben Mbala scored 13 points in the second period alone. La Salle out-scored UP, 27-13 in the second quarter as the first half ended, 51-27 in favor of the boys from Taft Avenue.

Jun Manzo waxed hot during the third period for UP, dropping all of his 13 markers during the third quarter, but it was not enough as Ben Mbala and Ricci Rivero made sure that there would be no collapse from the Archers as the third quarter ended, 64-45 in favor of La Salle.

It was all La Salle during the final period, as UP failed to organize a decent rally.

Ben Mbala was in his usual dominant self, as he finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds. Ricci Rivero is slowly but surely becoming a consistent threat for La Salle, as he exploded for 20 points in an efficient 8/13 shooting and Kib Montalbo chipped in 12 points.

Jun Manzo was lone Maroon in double-figures, as he finished with 13 points.

SCORES

DLSU 85 – Mbala 27, Rivero R 20, Montalbo 12, Go 8, Santillan 7, Rivero P 3, Baltazar 3, Melecio 3, Caracut 2, Tratter 0, Gonzales 0, Tero 0

UP 62 – Manzo 13, Ouattara 9, Desiderio 7, Gomez de Liano Ju 7, Gomez de Liano Ja 6, Lim 6, Vito 6, Webb 5, Jaboneta 3, Dario 0, Harris 0, Romero 0, Lao 0

QUARTER SCORES: 24-14, 51-27, 65-45, 85-62