Mbala vows comeback after lackluster Game 1

first_imgExpect 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 commentslast_img read more

De Gea ‘reluctant’ to sign new long-term Man United contract as talks deadlock

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT FAREWELL silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Should he refuse to sign, United will have the choice of either cashing in on David de Gea at the end of this season, or risk losing him on a free transfer at the end of the next.The Spaniard nearly returned to his home country with Real Madrid in 2015, though that transfer famously fell through and Los Blancos now have former Chelsea number one Thibaut Courtois between their sticks instead. REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland gameday cracker Latest Manchester United News According to the Telegraph, De Gea’s agent Jorge Mendes met with club officials in London on Friday.However, they have been unable to come to any agreement regarding a new long-term agreement and now face an uphill battle to do so.Talks are reported to be at an “impasse”/deadlock and the goalkeeper is reluctant to sign away his prime years at present.The current situation at Old Trafford amid poor performances, poor results and managerial uncertainty is understood to have left the goalkeeper, who is about to turn 28, uneasy about his future. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is said to be “reluctant” to commit his long-term future to the club.The Red Devils have reportedly activated an option to extend the Spain number one’s contract by an additional 12 months, though that will only secure his future until the end of next season, summer 2020. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade boost center_img Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January IN DEMAND Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested REVEALED targets RANKED 1 deals David de Gea has started the season on traditionally good form for United Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder last_img read more