BEN Mbala and Aljun Melecio gave La Salle a glimpse of the future after leading the way in an 85-59 win over Ateneo on Saturday in the opening day of the Milcu Got Skills Summer Showcase 25-under basketball tournament at the Enderun Colleges Gym.
Mbala posted a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, while the rookie Melecio, last season's UAAP juniors MVP for De La Salle-Zobel, added 12 points in a dominant preseason debut for the Green Archers, who also got 11 points from veteran Kib Montalbo.
Kris Porter had 13 points and six rebounds for the Blue Eagles in the tournament sponsored by Milcu and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).
In other results, Mark Lim had 11 points as Ateneo downed De La Salle-Zobel, 68-37, in the 16-under division.
Meanwhile, the Blue Eaglets beat La Salle Greenhills, 72-47, led by Earl Tanedo who finished with 16 points in the 13-under contest.
La Salle Greenhills won over Ateneo, 60-53, in the 14-under division of the tournament also supported by Basketball TV, Gatorade, Clyde Shoe Cleaner, Kawasaki, LGR, SLAM, Rain or Shine, Honda, Coach Athletic Trainers Tape, Secret Fresh, Mighty Sports, and Nousha Kebabs and Barbeque.