Expect a more aggressive and assertive Ben Mbala in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 finals.Limited to just eight points in the 70-76 defeat to Ateneo in the championship series opener at Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday night, the reigning Most Valuable Player from La Salle center vowed a resounding comeback this Wednesday when the fierce rivals square off anew at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? While he acknowledged Ateneo’s defensive schemes, which held him to a career-low output in points and field goal attempts with seven shots, the 6-foot-7 Cameroonian insisted he could have played better.“They played good defense,” said Mbala, who put up 28 points in La Salle’s second-round win over Ateneo. “I average 20 points per game but they held me to eight points.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“Expect me to be more aggressive offensively [in Game 2]. They (Eagles) were able to get in to my head, that is something that shouldn’t happen again.”The Eagles made the big run that gave them enough buffer to weather La Salle’s last rally when Mbala was on the bench nursing four fouls. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Nazareth-NU, La Salle-Lipa seal title tiff “It’s part of the game,” said Mbala. “We don’t want to look for excuses why we lost. They wanted it more than us.”Chiz Ikeh and Isaac Go took turns in guarding Mbala, but the Eagles also clogged the paint each time the big Cameroonian attacked. With Mbala struggling, Aljun Melecio picked up the cudgels with 24 points. But La Salle’s guns fell silent in the last 2:35 of the game, allowing the Eagles to seal the win.Mbala said they have no recourse but to play the game of their lives this Wednesday.“Obviously if we lose the next game then it is over,” said Mbala. “We are not going to go out here just to have a mediocre game. We have to win or everything we’ve been doing throughout the season will just go to waste.”ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Montclair Prep 65, Maranatha 28: Indira Kaljo scored 19 points and Kristina Mitchell had 13 as Montclair Prep of Panorama City (17-2, 2-1) defeated Maranatha of Pasadena (6-9, 0-3) in Olympic League play. MMilken Community 54, Faith Baptist 44: Drew Mazur had a game-high 26 points and Sam Else added 12 as host Milken Community of Los Angeles defeated Faith Baptist of Canoga Park in a Heritage League game. Milken (8-8, 2-1) led 25-14 at the end of the first half. Reniassance Academy 89, Pacific Lutheran 63: Archie Robb scored 37 points and Justin Cook had 31 and eight assists as Reniassance Academy of La Canada Flintridge defeated visiting Pacific Lutheran of Torrance in a nonleague game.Freshman Hector Harold added 10 points for the Wildcats (13-4). Hillcrest Chr. GH 91, L.A. Lutheran 22: Dallas Rutherford scored a season-high 32 points as Hillcrest Christian Granada Hills easily defeated visiting L.A. Lutheran of Sylmar in Heritage League play. Ryan Haliday added 19 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for Hillcrest (10-6, 3-0), which outscored L.A. Lutheran (0-8, 0-2) 36-3 in the third quarter. Yeshiva 79, Buckley 61: Richie Polan had 35 points and 13 rebounds but, Buckley of Sherman Oaks (7-6, 3-1) still lost to visiting Yeshiva of Los Angeles (3-3 in league) in Liberty League play. Saugus 56, Hart 54: Mitch Weber scored 14 points and D.J. Smith added 12 as host Saugus defeated Hart of Newhall in a Frontier League game. GIRLS’ SOCCER Village Christian 3, Windward 2: Senior forward Jessica Gordon scored all three goals, including the winning tally off an assist from Brisa Bishop with 20 minutes left, to lift visiting Village Christian (8-3-1, 2-1) to an important Olympic League victory over Windward of Los Angeles (4-7, 0-2). The San Diego State-bound Gordon increased her season total to 28 goals, moving her passed Kristy Krohn (120) – who played at L.A. Baptist of North Hills and Cal State Northridge – and into third on the area’s all-time career scoring list with 121. El Camino Real of Woodland Hills’ Kandice McLaughlin is the area’s all-time leader with 137 and former Oaks Christian of Westlake Village standout Alysha Hoven is second with 129. Gordon has six more regular-season games to add to her total, including another important league showdown Friday against visiting Valley Christian of Cerritos, which shared the Southern Section Div. V title with Oaks Christian of Westlake Village last season. Hart 5, Burbank 0: Sophomore forward Sarina Coutin scored twice, increasing her area-leading total to 31, to lift host Hart of Newhall (17-3, 4-0) to a Foothill League victory. Coutin tied Laura Qualls’ school record for goals in a season, set in 1997. Katie Kuykendall, Lindsay Mills and Aubrie Smith also scored goals for Hart – ranked eighth by the Daily News – which plays host to top-ranked Saugus (12-1-1, 4-0) Friday in a first-place showdown. Brittany Tippet recorded her 12th shutout of the season for the Indians. Saugus 2, Valencia 0: Courtney Moses and Amanda Terry scored for the Centurions (12-1-1, 4-0) – the Daily News’ top-ranked team – who increased their Foothill League unbeaten streak to nine games with the road victory over the Vikings (6-7-4, 2-2). Canyon 7, Burroughs 1: Michelle Moore scored two goals, Haley Rebel had a goal and an assist and Alexia Zatarain had two assists for host Canyon of Canyon Country (9-3-3, 2-2), which scored five second-half goals en route to snapping a two-game losing streak. Courtney Belsheim, Deanna Clegg, Jessi Locke and Gina Walker also scored goals for Canyon, which dropped Burroughs of Burbank to 4-8-1, 0-4. Oaks Christian 11, Santa Clara 0: Kelsea Smith scored less than two minutes into the game and added three assists to lead host Oaks Christian of Westlake Village (10-3-1, 2-1) to the Frontier League victory. Kristen Clark and Casey DaSilva each had two goals and Emily Blumenthal, Anna Ramos, Megan Schoppe and Micala MacRae all scored for the Lions, who recorded their 80th all-time shutout and improved to 99-19-19 in the program’s six-year history. Oaks Christian goes for its 100th victory in Monday’s nonleague game against Dos Pueblos of Goleta. Highland 10, Palmdale 1: Freshman forward Samantha Johnson scored four goals, giving her 24 on the season, for host Highland of Palmdale (14-2-2, 5-0) in the Golden League victory. Farryn Townley had three goals and an assist, and Courtney Morrell, Krystal Perkins and Kaylee Sandefer added goals for the Bulldogs, who received assists from Hillary Anderson, Alex Fulladosa and Natalie Miranda. Lancaster 11, Antelope Valley 0: Torie Riley had three goals and Maria Arroyo and Patty Garcia added two goals apiece for Lancaster (13-0-3, 4-0-1), which set up a showdown for first place in the Golden League with Highland of Palmdale on Thursday. MChatsworth 3, Cleveland 0: Jennifer Barrientos, Christina Chopin and Mia Swafford scored goals for visiting Chatsworth (6-8-1, 2-1) in the West Valley League victory over Cleveland of Reseda (2-5, 0-3). Granada Hills 4, Birmingham 0: Melissa Fernandez, Ashley Hill, Gina Kecskes and Marilyn West scored for host Granada Hills (10-4-2, 2-1) in the West Valley League victory. SOCES 10, Fulton College Prep 0: Lauren Sanchez scored three goals as SOCES of Sherman Oaks defeated host Fulton College Prep in a Crosstown League game. Antonia Aljuwani also scored two goals and Phoebe Kuhlman, Kirsti Khachikian, Brenda Sandoval, Margaret Sanchez and Kristian Sanchez each scored a goal for SOCES (7-0). BOYS’ SOCCER Hart 2, Burbank 0:Matt Valiaka scored twice to put his season total at 31 as Hart of Newhall defeating host Burbank in a Foothill League game. Valiaka broke the single-season record Jan. 13 against Burroughs of Burbank of 28, which was held by Jim Hofferber since 1987. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card In contrast, the Centurions have struggled in recent weeks, losing four of their past six games after beginning the season 11-0. Hart’s next test will come when it visits Canyon, the Daily News’ second-ranked team, Friday at 5 p.m. The game will likely determine which team wins the league title this year. In other girls’ basketball: Canyon 59, Valencia 41: Jessica Guerrero had 16 points and five assists to lead Canyon of Canyon Country, ranked second by the Daily News, to a Foothill League victory over host Valencia (12-9, 0-4). Brittany Thomas added 12 points for the Cowboys (17-4, 3-1). Burroughs 45, Burbank 37: Britney Morgan scored a game-high 15 points and Pham Thompson had five points and 11 rebounds as Burroughs of Burbank defeated visiting Burbank High in Foothill League play. The Indians made quick work of Saugus (14-5, 1-3), jumping out to a 42-7 halftime lead. Lilley was the only player on either team to score in double figures on the night. The victory marks Hart’s third straight blowout victory following a stunning 54-53 loss at home Jan. 10 against Burroughs of Burbank. Since, Hart has outscored its opponents by an average of 35 points per game. University of Oregon-bound Tayor Lilley hit her first seven 3-pointers and finished a school-record 9 of 15 from behind the arc as Hart of Newhall, the Daily News’ top-ranked team, crushed host Saugus 60-18 in a Foothill League game. The senior point guard, who was 5-of-6 from 3-point territory Saturday at the Ladies’ New Year’s Ball at Moorpark College, finished with 31 points as Hart (15-4, 3-1) remained in a three-way tie for first place in league with Canyon of Canyon Country and Burroughs of Burbank.