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Green Archer Ben Mbala leads Cameroon in 2017 FIBA Afrobasket

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – De La Salle Green Archer Ben Mbala has been busy in his time away from his college team, emerging as the top performing player of the Cameroonian team in the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket tournament. 

The UAAP Season 79 Most Valuable Player leads the team in points (18.3 per game) and rebounds (9 per game) through 3 games as of Sunday, September 10, 2017. 

On Saturday, September 9, Cameroon easily crushed Guinea, 96-54, where Mbala top-scored for the team with 24 points. 
. @NG1J_ + @benmbala = #AfroBasket2017 @FECABASKET pic.twitter.com/p53vsesB6b — FIBA (@FIBA) September 9, 2017

In Cameroon's match against Rwanda, Mbala slammed in a putback to help earn Cameroon's second win in the tournament with a score of 81-77 on Sunday, September 10.

What a dunk by @benmbala!! #AfroBasket2017 @FECABASKET pic.twitter.com/Pxn5ZXSvSg — FIBA (@FIBA) September 10, 2017

Cameroon ranks 52nd in the FIBA rankings, and the Mbala-led team competes in Group C along with Tunisia (whom they lost to in their group opener), Guinea and Rwanda. Cameroon currently holds a 2-1 record in the tournament, and the team will face Nigeria in the quarterfinals on Thursday, September 14.

Mbala missed the opening game of the DLSU Green Archers against the FEU Tamaraws because of his commitment to his national team but the Green Archers still emerged victorious. The 2017 FIBA Afrobasket tournament will run from September 8 to 16, 2017. – Rappler.com