DLSU cagers rout UAAP rival Ateneo

first_imgDLSU 97 – Mbala 28, Caracut 14, Tratter 10, Torres 8, Montalbo 8, Ri.Rivero 8, Melecio 5, Perkins 5, Dyke 4, Baltazar 2, Go 2, Paraiso 2, Ra.Rivero 1, Sargent 0ATENEO 81 – Wong 15, Ma. Nieto 13, Asistio 11, Ravena 11, Mendoza 9, Ikeh7, Porter 6, Go 5, Babilonia 2, Mi. Nieto 2, Tolentino 0, Verano 0QUARTERS – 20-20, 53-36, 80-58, 97-81[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’DLSU cagers rout UAAP rival Ateneo ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA –The De La Salle University Green Archers bucked the absence of headcoach Aldin Ayo and JeronTeng to score a dominant 97-81 win over the AteneoBlue Eagles in the UAAP 79 men’s basketball tournament on Sunday night at the SM Mallof Asia Arena in Pasay City.Cameroonian import Benoit Mbala led the way with double-double 28 pointsand 13 rebounds for the Green Archers, which swept the first round ofeliminations with a 7-0 win-loss slate.Andrei Caracut chipped in 14 markers, while Abu Tratter contributed 10markers for the Green Archers, which played without Ayo due to suspensionand Teng due to a knee injury.Trailing by as much as 26-20 early in the second period, the Green Archerszoomed with a 21-3 scoring run behind Ricci Rivero, KirellMontalbo and JolloGo to build a 53-36 lead at halftime.The Green Archers continued its domination in the second half as it pounced on the errors of the Blue Eagles to build its largest lead of the match at85-58 on a dunk by Mbala.Three pointers courtesy of Blue Eagles Adrian Wong, Anton Asistio and JoloMendoza cut the deficit to 89-73 but the Green Archers had an answer fromreserves Mark Dyke, Brent Paraiso and Rivero for a 97-76 lead.“Naging responsible silasa game,” said Green Archers assistant coach LouieGonzales. “I told them to make life hard for every possession (of Ateneo).”Wong finished with 15 points, while Matthew Nieto chipped in 13markers for the Blue Eagles, which slid down to a 4-3 win-loss slate to closeout their first round assignment./PNSCORESlast_img