Reigning MVP Ben Mbala looks at loss to Ateneo as a learning experience

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Ben Mbala wants to learn from the Finals defeat against the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 3) — The Ateneo Blue Eagles vanquished arch rival and defending champions La Salle in a thrilling Game 3 title decider, 88-86, on Sunday at the Big Dome.

But reigning MVP Ben Mbala is taking a positive spin to the heartbreaking loss and praised the Blue Eagles’ game.

“They played better as a team,” Mbala said. “They were able to stick to the game plan and get shots when it was most important.”

Mbala logged in 19 points and 14 rebounds, but that wasn’t enough to prevent the Blue Eagles from clinching the title.

The league MVP shared that he congratulated his teammates for giving their best effort, and is now looking forward after losing the championship.

“It has to be a learning experience for me you know?” Mbala said. “You cannot only learn by winning, but you also have to learn by losing. That was a situation that I have to learn by losing, and I take it as a man.”

The La Salle star still has one more year of eligibility in the UAAP, but it remains  to be seen whether or not he will suit up for the Green Archers again next season.

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