DESPITE the big win by La Salle in Ben Mbala's return, head coach Aldin Ayo said the Green Archers still have plenty of room for improvement.
La Salle led by as many as 24 points before beating Adamson, 85-73, on Wednesday to extend its unbeaten run to start UAAP Season 80 to three games. Mbala showed the way in the contest he finished with a career-best 32 points, to go with 10 rebounds and four blocks.
Ayo, though, was not pleased as the Archers let up in the second half.
"It's a bad win," said Ayo during the postgame interview. "We started strong but down the stretch, we committed lots of mistakes."
After committing 11 turnovers in the first half, La Salle turned the ball over 15 times after the break as Adamson closed the gap to as low as seven points before the Green Archers took over.
The adjustment of the locals to Mbala's return may have played a role in the lethargic play in the second half as it showed that La Salle is still a young team that still needs maturity.
"Actually, I was expecting it kasi tinitignan ko kung paano magrereact 'yung mga locals pagdating ni Ben. Pero actually, hindi naman nakatuon doon. Ang naging problema talaga namin 'yung execution that the players thought that after the first half, tapos na 'yung laro,” Ayo said.
"Kaya nung fourth quarter, lumabas 'yung pagiging bata ng team namin. 'Yung immaturity at tendency na lamang na, nagkakanya-kanya. Alam naman ng mga bata na may mali silang ginawa,” he added.
Even Mbala, who finished with a double-double in the game that also saw him shoot two triples in the game, knows La Salle's win over Adamson was not the victory that the team was looking for.
"I feel like we were kinda sluggish and we didn't stick to the game plan... It's still the third game of the season. We still have time to work on those mistakes, improve and not commit it in the next game," said Mbala.
On the positive side, Ayo said he is satisfied that the players know their mistakes.
"Pero good thing naman, everytime they commit those mistakes, tumitingin sila sa bench, acknowledging their mistakes. That was a good start," said Ayo.