La Salle import Ben Mbala lauds Ateneo defense, vows to bounce back after posting career low eight points
Cameroon's Ben Mbala is confident the Archers will still retain the UAAP title. Jerome Ascano

BEN Mbala vowed to bounce back after scoring his career low in Game One of the UAAP Season 80 basketball finals.

The two-time Most Valuable Player had only eight points as La Salle bowed to Ateneo, and the Cameroonian center lauded Ateneo’s defense.

“They played good defense. They were able to hold me to eight. I have to give it to them. It’s just Game One. We have to find a way to bounce back and play through it,” said Mbala, who shot 3-of-7 from the field.

Mbala said he doesn’t want to make excuses about his struggles, particularly about the physicality of the game.

”We are used to it. It’s part of the game. You don’t want to look for excuses or a reason on why we lost. They played well. They were more physical and they wanted it more than us

The 6-foot-8 center also said Ateneo simply played better.

“They played a better game than us. They were able to score down the stretch and made stops compared to us. We didn’t really run our plays and stick to the game plan,” said Mbala.

“They really made sure that I score the lowest points ever and that’s what they were able to do. My team struggled a little bit without me on the offensive side,” he added.


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