WITH the 2023 Fiba World Cup being held here in the Philippines, a familiar face is looking forward to leading his home country to the global hoops tilt and once again showcase his talents here.Ben Mbala is hoping that Cameroon will ...
Jun 10, 2020
JERON Teng is the ultimate leader.As meek as the third-year Alaska slasher is, his teammates could attest to his impeccable leadership skills.Ben Mbala sure did."The thing with Jeron is he was like the boss. I felt like, as ...
Jun 9, 2020
PBA
BEN Mbala isn't ruling out the possibility of playing as an import in the PBA.After all, the two-time UAAP MVP almost did so for Magnolia back in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup.Mbala revisted that close call ...
Jun 7, 2020
HARD to believe it now, but Ben Mbala almost went to Ateneo.Trying his luck in Manila after a stellar run in Cebu with Southwestern University, the 6-foot-8 forward was intent on playing in Katipunan."I told you, Ateneo was ...
Jun 6, 2020
BEN Mbala wanted to end his college career on his own terms. That's exactly the reason why the Cameroonian opted out of La Salle and turned professional in 2017."Having to go through what I went [through], I feel like ...
Jun 6, 2020
HOW do you pick the best? Is it the times they won a championship or bagged a specific award? Or should it be about their lasting power and their overall impact on the game?It's a hard question to answer, ...
Dec 25, 2019
PEOPLE nowadays may believe otherwise, but foreign student-athletes have done their part in elevating the level of play in the country.And that couldn't be more true for the collegiate leagues especially in the UAAP, where we've ...
Oct 29, 2019
BEN Mbala was left impressed after seeing Justine Baltazar turn into a solid contributor for La Salle a season after the former left the Taft-based school."I won't lie to you, I used to bully him during practice," he ...
Nov 22, 2018
LA Salle got a surprise emotional boost at halftime of its knockout game against Far Eastern University as two-time UAAP MVP Ben Mbala gave his former team a pep talk on Wednesday.The 23-year-old center entered the team' ...
Nov 21, 2018
PBA
ANTIPOLO - Now it can be told.Former La Salle star Ben Mbala was considered by Magnolia as a replacement import had the Hotshots' PBA Governors' Cup semifinal series against Barangay Ginebra reached a deciding Game Five.Magnolia coach Chito Victolero admitted ...
Nov 16, 2018
FORTY four is the magic number for Alvin Pasaol to own the highest scoring average in modern UAAP.The University of the East main man inched closer to writing himself in the league's history books with his 24-point outing ...
Nov 10, 2018
FINDING a solution for a player who can impose his will inside, go coast to coast, and occasionally hit three pointers used to be Ateneo's problem every time it faces La Salle for the past two years.Oh how times have ...
Oct 6, 2018
FOR two years, Justine Baltazar waited patiently for his time in the spotlight.In his first two years in De La Salle, the 6-foot-7 big man played behind Cameroonian powerhouse Ben Mbala, and thus settled for limited minutes.With Mbala ...
Sep 24, 2018
BEN Mbala has no issue with Aldin Ayo changing addresses from Taft to Espana."Who am I to judge him to take a side on what he decided to do? That's his own career, that's his own path, ...
Sep 19, 2018
THERE'S no question for Seoul Samsung Thunders coach Lee Sang Min that sooner or later, Ben Mbala will be finding his way back to the Philippines.After all, with the skillset that the two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player has, it' ...
Jul 25, 2018
BEN Mbala continues his basketball journey as he takes flight in the Korean Basketball League as a reinforcement for the Seoul Samsung Thunders.In a brief message, the 23-year old former La Salle forward confirmed the the latest step in his ...
Jul 10, 2018
CAMEROON's Ben Mbala has joined the chorus of criticism against the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) rule limiting Fil-foreigners' participation.The former La Salle import reacted on Twitter as Bobby Ray Parks slammed the MPBL rule allowing each team only ...
May 17, 2018
EVEN before the UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament, the teams made headlines with important player acquisition and a tuneup tournament brawl, while there were still some fireworks after the finals with top coaches' movement.Let's look back at some ...
Dec 31, 2017
AS Ben Mbala moves to Mexico after a stellar collegiate career in the Philippines, Spin.ph looks back at some of his biggest moments with Cesafi's Southwestern University and La Salle in the UAAP.Already making waves in Cebu, Mbala gave ...
Dec 24, 2017
A UAAP official has denied that the collegiate league is reviving the seven-year out-of-high school rule just to disqualify Ben Mbala from playing for La Salle next season.Mbala has decided to leave La Salle to play in the ...
Dec 23, 2017
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