After an impressive season debut last Sunday, La Salle is looking for another statement game tomorrow against the NU Bulldogs.
Imagine this: spitfire point guard Aljun Melecio bringing the ball down on offense for the DLSU Green Archers, asking for a screen from big man Ben Mbala, and handing him the leather.
The game, for all intents and purposes, was hyped up and treated pre-game like a boxing match, looked like an early TKO for the DLSU Green Archers, and ended like a 12-round, hard-earned decision victory for the defending UAAP men’s basketball champions.
Even with reigning league MVP Ben Mbala inactive, the De La Salle Green Archers opened their UAAP Season 80 title defense with a victory over the FEU Tamaraws, 95-90, on Sunday, September 10, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Season 79 Summary: 13-1; 1st seed; defeated 4th-seeded Adamson in the Final Four; defeated 2nd-seeded Ateneo in the Finals.
As reported a few weeks ago, La Salle center and reigning UAAP MVP Ben Mbala will miss at least the first two games of the Green Archers in the upcoming season which starts this weekend.
As far as recruitment is concerned, collegiate teams are already starting to feel the impact of the K12 education system which was implemented a few years back.
After rather quiet opening statement of “we’re excited and we’re ready”, DLSU head coach Aldin Ayo’s next words tackled the biggest elephant inside the Mall of Asia Arena at the UAAP Season 80 press conference yesterday.