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    Ben Mbala sets example by refusing to take a day off while battling the flu

    Jun 21, 2017
    Ben Mbala of La Salle hasn't been slowed down by a bout with the flu. Jaime Campos

    'BIG Ben' Mbala hardly looked affected after a bout with the flu.

    In fact, he looked better.

    Mbala finished with 32 points, 19 rebounds, and two blocks in La Salle's 78-53 victory over Far Eastern University in their Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup quarterfinal match on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

    As impressive as the performance was, it still paled in comparison to his 'flu game' on Friday where he picked up 45 points, 17 rebounds, and three blocks against Letran.

    Mbala said he didn't take a day off while battling the flu as he continued to attend practices until he was he was well enough to join the drills a few days back.

    "You have to practice even if you are taking meds. You can't take a day off because you are one of the most important players in the team," said Mbala.

    "People are looking up to you so you have to do your part. It's part of the game, you have to make sacrifices for the team and I was able to do it," the La Salle standout said.

    [See Mbala's monster double-double leads La Salle past FEU]

    Mbala said he made it a point to attend practice despite the illness.

    "Actually, we had a good game plan. We were prepared for their dribble drive offense. We made stops and made them take bad shots. I think that was the key for us to be able to get that wide open game like we did," said Mbala.

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    Mbala said he and the Green Archers will have to do their homework ahead of the semifinal game against Lyceum, an NCAA team which sustained its rise by dispatching favored San Sebastian in their own quarterfinal match-up.

    "They play run and gun, they trap a lot. It's a little bit like a Mayhem-type of defense. We just have to be more composed because what they want us to do is throw bad passes and force shots," said Mbala.

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