UAAP Finals: La Salle's Mbala expects to play better against Ateneo in Game 2

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 28) — After posting a career low in points in the series opener of the UAAP men's seniors basketball finals, La Salle big man Ben Mbala vows to bounce back in Game 2.

"I'm expecting myself to play better. There's still a game plan that I have to follow. I'm ready," the two-time Most Valuable Player said on CNN Philippines' Sports Desk Monday evening.

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The Green Archers fell short against archrivals Ateneo Blue Eagles, 76-70, last Saturday in the highly anticipated showdown.

Mbala only had eight points on 3 of 7 shooting from the field, a far cry from his 26 point league-leading average.

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The 6-foot-6 Cameroonian anticipates the Blue Eagles to clobber him on the defensive end, but he sees this with a positive attitude.

"I gotta be able to play through it. I can say it's an advantage for me, I can easily throw the ball on double/triple team, meaning some of my teammates will be open. That's something I'm looking forward to do on Wednesday and hopefully my teammates will make the shots," he said.

Mbala said the physicality of the series should be within the bounds of basketball rules.

"I'm used to playing physical. We have to play within the rules and regulation of basketball," he said.

With their backs against the wall, Mbala is still optimistic La Salle could successfully defend its title.

"I still believe in my teammates, coaching staff, and everyone else."

Game 2 of the finals is slated on November 29 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

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