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Jeron Teng and Ben Mbala vowed to not rest on their laurels even after La Salle earned a passing grade from coach Aldin Ayo in Saturday’s 67-65 win over Ateneo in Game 1 of the best-of-three series for the UAAP basketball championship.
Ayo praised his players for their desire in performing well in the series opener, but Teng and Mbala believe that there are still lapses that need to be fixed ahead of tomorrow’s possible clincher at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“I told the team that we have to play better, better than this game,” said Teng, whose go-ahead layup and block on Aaron Black in the dying seconds sealed La Salle’s victory.
MANILA, Philippines – The pressure-packed atmosphere of a De La Salle University-Ateneo de Manila University Finals barely fazed Green Archers guards Kib Montalbo and Aljun Melecio, who delighted in quieting the "blue" side in their Game 1 victory last Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Nearly 17,000 fans watched as the Green Archers came away with a nervy 67-65 win over the Blue Eagles, as the favored La Salle team needed a game-winner from Jeron Teng with 15 seconds left to finally put away the young Ateneo squad in the first game of the best of-three UAAP Season 79 Finals series.
Montalbo was instrumental in the win, as it was his crucial steal on Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena that led to Teng's go-ahead shot. Meanwhile, the rookie Melecio had six of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, built on a couple of three-pointers that helped La Salle temporarily hold off the Ateneo rally.
MANILA, Philippines -- The UAAP on Monday instructed De La Salle University and Ateneo de Manila University to police their ranks ahead of Game 2 of the UAAP Season 79 Finals.
This, after an incident in Game 1 last Saturday that saw La Salle alumnus and former Batangas vice governor Mark Leviste approach the Ateneo bench in the third quarter.
Leviste later claimed that he was provoked by a member of the Ateneo coaching staff.
MANILA, Philippines – De La Salle University center Ben Mbala capped a dominant individual campaign in the UAAP Season 79 tournament by winning the Most Valuable Player trophy in runaway fashion, while teammates Jeron Teng and Aljun Melecio will also take home awards of their own.
The Cameroonian Mbala, who transferred from Southwestern University to La Salle, averaged 20.6 points, 16.0 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game in his first season in Taft, and finished the season with 92.43 statistical points (SPs).
He held a massive lead over Adamson University's Papi Sarr, who finished a distant second with 69.86 SPs.
MANILA, Philippines – For the Blue Eagles' Nieto brothers, the dream was to play in an Ateneo-La Salle Finals.
And here they are, finally living it.
"Nandoon ako nun," Matthew said of his first Ateneo-La Salle finals experience in 2002. "I wanted that to happen in my life, [and] heto na 'yun.
MANILA, Philippines – All throughout the UAAP Season 79 men's basketball tournament, De La Salle University star Jeron Teng has talked about how special it would be for him to give his beloved school a championship in his final year.
"Mabibilang ko sa kamay ko, ilang games na lang ako sa La Salle," he said back in October, after a 78-72 win over University of the Philippines. "Every game, I just give my one hundred percent."
Teng came to La Salle's rescue anew on Saturday, when he made the biggest plays on both ends of the floor to lift the Green Archers to a 67-65 victory over arch-rival Ateneo de Manila University in Game 1 of the Season 79 Finals.
Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin on Saturday said it was his team’s bad start that proved detrimental to the Blue Eagles in a close loss to the La Salle Green Archers at the start of their championship series in the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament.
The Green Archers fired on all cylinders and raced to a 16-2 lead and the Blue Eagles looked lost early.
“We were prepared, we went out, but for whatever reason, and I prefer to credit La Salle, they really came out and they were business-like,” said Baldwin. “It took us a long time to settle down.”