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    La Salle deals Batang Gilas another whipping despite near double-double by Kai Sotto

    Apr 26, 2017

    LA Salle imposed its might on Batang Gilas anew, 103-61, on Wednesday, this time in the Milcu Sports Basketball Summer Showcase at the Trinity University of Asia Gym.

    Ben Mbala had 16 points, seven rebounds, three steals, and two blocks as the Green Archers picked up their second win in the preseason tournament.

    Kai Sotto, meanwhile, had a near double-double of 11 points and nine rebounds for Batang Gilas in its first defeat in the tournament which forms part of its buildup for the 2017 Seaba Under-16 Championship.

    The two teams squared off just last Monday in the Fr. Martin Cup with the Green Archers also coming away with a 51-point victory over the Philippine youth team.

    [See Mbala says Kai Sotto only needs to bulk up to do well in top college leagues]

    Mbala had 12 points as the Green Archers outscored Batang Gilas, 28-9, in the second period after the youth side stayed within four points at the end of the first canto, 25-21.

    Ricci Rivero topscored for La Salle with 20 points.

    Terrence Fortea and Rence Padrigao each had nine points for Batang Gilas.

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