Montalbo hits dagger 3 as La Salle survives Adamson’s rally

Naveen Ganglani
Montalbo hits dagger 3 as La Salle survives Adamson’s rally
Ben Mbala scores 18 points and 10 rebounds in La Salle's eighth straight win

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The DLSU Green Archers barely survived by the skin of their teeth, holding off a late rally by the Adamson Soaring Falcons, 86-79, to remain undefeated at 8-0 in UAAP Season 79 on Sunday, October 9, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

After surrendering a 17-point lead in the third period, La Salle was in a dogfight in the final minutes of the contest thanks to the strong play of the Jerrick Ahanmisi-led Falcons.

A dagger 3-pointer by Kib Montalbo with 46.7 seconds left eventually sealed the win for his team, which played its second straight game without the injured Jeron Teng (ankle).

Ben Mbala led La Salle again with another double-double, 18 points and 10 rebounds, to go with 4 blocks, two steals, and two assists. Rookie Ricci Rivero also pitched in with 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists, while Aljun Melecio and Thomas Torres had 11 and 9 points, respectively.

Adamson was led by the 27 points of Ahanmisi, who also had 7 rebounds and two dimes. Papi Sarr recorded 13 points and 6 boards.

Both teams combined for 49 turnovers and 50 fouls. –

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