Archers take solo lead, humiliate Tigers for win No.3

Jeron Teng and La Salle has reduced UST into target practice.

By Ricky Manliguis

PASAY CITY— "The House of Mayhem" has claimed its third victim.

De La Salle waxed hot from both ends as it hammered out a 100-62 shellacking over University of Santo Tomas for its third consecutive win in the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Taft-based ballclub converted the Tigers’ 40 turnovers to 34 points, while blowing the game wide open with a 33-9 third-quarter assault for an insurmountable 73-49 lead after three quarters.

The victory enabled the pre-tournament favorites to take solo top spot in the standings with an immaculate 3-0 record.

Player of the Week Ben Mbala muscled his way as the Cameroonian fashioned another double-double effort of 18 points and 16 rebounds, while Jeron Teng contributed 13 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

Thomas Torres and Abu Tratter were the other double-digit contributors with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

La Salle won the rebounding battle, 59-41, 26 coming from the offensive glass. It also had a plus-26 point advantage in second chance points.

For the Tigers, it was the team’s worst defeat since Ateneo gave them a sound 114-78 spanking on Aug. 6, 2006.
Renzo Subido led the way for the EspaƱa dribblers with 18 points, while Jamil Sherrif had 11. This season’s hosts dropped to a 1-2 win-loss card, tying defending champions FEU Tamaraws.  
The Scores:
La Salle 100 – Mbala 18, Teng 13, Torres 11, Tratter 10, Melecio 8, Montalbo 8, Sargent 7, Go 7, Rivero R 5, Caracut 5, Rivero P 3, Paraiso 3, Baltazar 2, Dyke 0
UST 62 – Subido 18, Sheriff 11, Faundo 5, Vigil 5, Basibas 5, Afoakwah 4, Lao 4, Macasaet 3, Bonleon 3, Caunan 2, Huang 2, De Guzman 0, Lee 0, Arana 0
Quarterscores: 23-19, 44-35, 73-49, 100-62

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