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    La Salle holds off Tsinghua University to reach finals unscathed in Taiwan tournament

    Jul 29, 2017

    DE La Salle advanced to the finals of the 2017 BLIA Cup University Basketball Tournament after beating China side Tsinghua University, 103-95, on Saturday in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

    Ben Mbala and Ricci Rivero led the Green Archers' assault to clinch a spot in the championship match set Sunday afternoon.

    La Salle, which stayed unbeaten after four matches, will face either France's Universite de Lyon or the United States' Vanguard University, based on the report by La Salle's Office of Sports Development Twitter account.

    Mbala and Rivero had 12 points each in the first half as the Green Archers took control, 58-42.

    Mbala also provided a highlight in the third period when he threw down a dunk of a lob by Aljun Melecio that put La Salle ahead, 62-44.

    Tsinghua U outscored La Salle, 33-19, in the fourth quarter but it was not enough for the Chinese side to mount a comeback.

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