De La Salle University stretched its unbeaten run to six after beating University of the East (UE), 84-78, on Wednesday in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 79 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Ben Mbala posted 19 points, 17 rebounds and three assists while Justine Baltazar had 14 markers and nine boards as the Green Archers stayed on top with a clean 6-0 slate.
Alvin Pasaol, meanwhile, had 22 points, six rebounds plus one assist and one steal for the Red Warriors that remained winless in six games.
Earlier, swingman Thirdy Ravena powered Ateneo de Manila University to a 79-64 win over University of the Philippines (UP).
Ravena notched his first double-double performance of 22 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and a block.
“It’s about team effort. We were at the right spot and the right time,” said the 22-year old Ravena during the postgame interview.
Chibueze Ikeh and Anton Asistio chipped in 14 and 10 points, respectively, for Blue Eagles.
With the win, Ateneo is now solo second with a 4-2 win-loss record while UP dropped to 1-5.
UP’s Jett Manuel, Paul Desiderio and Diego Dario combined their efforts to cut the deficit to just four points, 58-54, at the start of the final canto.
But the Blue Eagles’ aggressiveness allowed them to pull away with a 15-4 run resulting in a 77-60 lead for Ateneo.
“The team had their defensive intensity in the fourth after a letdown during the third period,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga.
“We had some rough patches but we also had stretches where the team played well. What we want is to minimize the rough patches,” he added.
Desiderio had 25 points, six rebounds and a steal while Manuel scored 17 markers, eight rebounds and three assists for UP.
DLSU improved its record to 6-0.