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Ben Mbala almost played for Magnolia vs Ginebra

Nov 16, 2018 - 11:21 PM

The former two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player could have played as import for the Hotshots if the Gin Kings forced Game 5 in their semifinals series

BACKUP. Ben Mbala (left) served as an emergency import replacement for Romeo Travis for the Magnolia Hotshots. Photo from Josh Albelda/Rappler (Mbala) and PBA Images (Travis)

Ben Mbala, Seoul rain 3s for Terrific 12 bronze

Sep 23, 2018 - 7:41 PM

Korea's Thunders bury 18 treys to topple Japan's Nagoya Diamond Dolphins in their battle-for-third clash

DOUBLE-DOUBLE. Ben Mbala finishes with 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Seoul Thunders. Photo from Power Sport Images

Mbala's Seoul falls prey to Speights' Guangzhou in Terrific 12 semis

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:25 PM

The Thunders fail to protect a double-digit lead against the inspired Long Lions

DOWN THE DRAIN. Ben Mbala sees his 26-point, 12-rebound and 2-steal outing go to waste as the Seoul Thunders miss the Asia League Terrific 12 finals. Photo from Power Sport Images

Ben Mbala's Seoul advances to Terrific 12 semis

Sep 20, 2018 - 9:51 AM

The former two-time UAAP MVP didn't need to sink a game-winner this time to help the Thunders bag the victory

SOLID OUTING. Ben Mbala finishes with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the Seoul Thunders. Photo from Power Sport Images

Mbala no problem with Ayo's UST transfer: 'That's his own career'

Sep 18, 2018 - 10:26 PM

The former two-time UAAP MVP for DLSU hopes the best for his former mentor

ONE OF THE BEST. Under Aldin Ayo's system and tutelage, Ben Mbala flourished into one of the best players the UAAP has ever seen. Photo from Power Sport Images

Mbala game-winner lifts Seoul over Fubon in Terrific 12

Sep 18, 2018 - 7:28 PM

The former two-time UAAP MVP finishes with 22 points and 11 rebounds

CRUNCHTIME. Ben Mbala comes through in the clutch for the Seoul Samsung Thunders. Photo from Power Sport Images

Ex-DLSU star Ben Mbala transfers to South Korea’s Thunder Samsung

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Mbala ends his stint with Chorale Roanna Basket in France to go back to Asia

BACK TO ASIA. Ben Mbala takes up another opportunity outside of his home country. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Back on top: Beda's Bolick still looks up to 3 Ateneo players

Jun 22, 2018 - 6:26 PM

The scribes' choice for Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year admits emulating fellow varsity standouts

FIRST. Robert Bolick becomes the first NCAA standout to win the 2018 Collegiate Basketball Awards' Collegiate Player of the Year plum. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Mbala: NCAA decision to ban foreign players feels harsh, racist

Jun 21, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The former La Salle star hopes the UAAP won't tread the same path, noting it's going to be 'really bad' for Philippine basketball

UNFORTUNATE DECISION. Cameroonian Ben Mbala (right) says the presence of foreign student-athletes can help local players improve their skills.

Ravena, Bolick to be honored in collegiate basketball awards

Jun 20, 2018 - 4:28 PM

Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena and San Beda's Robert Bolick lead the Mythical Team selection in the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps gala

KEY COGS. Ateneo star Thirdy Ravena and San Beda standout Robert Bolick play key roles in their teams’ championship runs.

After 2 months of turbulence, Green Archers finally have positive outlook

Feb 16, 2018 - 4:21 PM

With the dust having settled, La Salle finds itself in a position to rally from the obstacles thrown its way over the last two months

AGONY OF DEFEAT.  A UAAP Season 80 scene the DLSU Green Archers would rather forget. Ricci Rivero and Ben Mbala console each other after DLSU lost the senior basketball crown. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Ben Mbala bound for France to play for Roanne in Pro B

Jan 31, 2018 - 6:57 PM

Mbala moves on after Mexico stint for 'better opportunities'

FRANCE BOUND. Ben Mbala is in pursuit of better opportunities in the pro world of Basketball. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Mbala eyes NBA dream, urges UAAP to stop 'toying around' with players' careers

Dec 22, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Mbala joins Mexican club Fuerza Regia with hopes of having an easier time transitioning to the pro world

NEW CHAPTER. Ben Mbala's tough decision is fueled by the UAAP board's reimposition of the '7 years out of high school' rule. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ben Mbala announces exit from DLSU

Dec 22, 2017 - 9:53 AM

Ben Mbala moves on from De La Salle University and the UAAP to pursue the next stage of his career

SURPRISE EXIT. Ben Mbala announces his departure from the DLSU Green Archers. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo's Mike Nieto 'motivated' after twin Matt got bloodied

Nov 25, 2017 - 9:55 PM

'Parang nasaktan din ako nung natamaan si Matt,' Ateneo's Mike Nieto says after his twin brother got bloodied at the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball finals

BLOODIED. Matt Nieto goes down with a bloodied forehead after Ben Mbala unintentionally elbows him down. Photo by Jerrick Esguerra

La Salle's Ben Mbala set to bag his 2nd straight MVP title

Nov 13, 2017 - 1:05 PM

The monstrous numbers of the Green Archer secure his back-to-back MVP award

BACK-TO-BACK. Ben Mbala continues to be the best player in the league. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alvin Pasaol on defense of MVP Ben Mbala: 'Not bad'

Oct 25, 2017 - 6:39 PM

Alvin Pasaol fails to repeat his 49-point outing against the Green Archers

NOT BAD. Alvin Pasaol still puts up 23 points despite being guarded by Ben Mbala. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

In redemption win, 6-foot-7 small forward Mbala shuts down Desiderio

Oct 15, 2017 - 8:05 PM

Ben Mbala has a field day against UP's star player, registering 27 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in just 28 minutes

MISMATCH. Ben Mbala switched to the small forward position to shut down Paul Desiderio, who managed just 7 points on 2-of-13 shooting. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Mbala says UP loss was a 'wake-up call' for Green Archers

Sep 30, 2017 - 5:52 PM

Cameroonian import Ben Mbala says there's no room for complacency for the DLSU Green Archers

WAKE-UP CALL. Ben Mbala and the defending champion Green Archers took out their frustrations on the listless UST Growling Tigers. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

'A bad win': Archers struggle mightily in Mbala’s return

Sep 20, 2017 - 10:43 PM

Even Mbala himself, who had a career-high 32 points, 10 boards and 4 blocks, had butterfingers

BAD WIN. “We started strong, but down the stretch, we committed lots of mistakes. The players thought that after the first half, tapos na ‘yung laro.” Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UAAP wRap: Desiderio, La Salle rule the roost

Sep 11, 2017 - 8:14 PM

DLSU wins its season opener without Ben Mbala Ateneo beats an Adamson squad that was lacking Papi Sarr and Paul Desiderio calls his game winner

WINNING WAYS. Aldin Ayo's Green Archers were dominant in their Season 80 opener. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Deep and dangerous: DLSU’s strength in perspective

Sep 11, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Green Archers are considering having Ben Mbala play any position between shooting guard and center and they have the luxury to do just that

OVER-ARCHING. From the looks of things, the Green Archers don’t even need Mbala in the lineup to repeat as champs. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Green Archer Ben Mbala leads Cameroon in 2017 FIBA Afrobasket

Sep 10, 2017 - 11:15 PM

The UAAP Season 79 MVP is making his name known on the international stage

TOP PERFORMER. DLSU star Ben Mbala racked up an average of 18.5 points per game. Screenshot from FIBA Afrobasket Youtube.

DLSU Green Archers Season 80 team preview – Reigning, defending, undisputed

Sep 09, 2017 - 2:41 AM

With the reigning season MVP and a deep supporting cast despite a number of high profile exits the Green Archers are still the team to beat

UNSTOPPABLE. Ben Mbala was the runaway pick for Season 79 Most Valuable Player, and is still eligible for Season 81. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

DLSU Green Archers possibly down to 10 men for opening game

Sep 04, 2017 - 6:32 PM

Ben Mbala is currently representing Cameroon in the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket tournament while Kib Montalbo is confined in the hospital

UNDERMANNED. The DLSU Green Archers will face the FEU Tamaraws in the opening game of the UAAP. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

'Big Ben' Mbala towers in basketball-mad Philippines

Mar 01, 2017 - 1:18 PM

To the 22 year old the fervor of a nation that treats basketball almost as a religion has been overwhelming

BIG BEN. Cameroonian Ben Mbala is a force in basketball-mad Philippines. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

DLSU's Mbala, Mapua’s Oraeme lead collegiate Mythical 5 selection

Jan 17, 2017 - 3:19 PM

The pair will be joined by another Green Archer in Jeron Teng alongside San Beda s Javee Mocon and Arellano’s Jio Jalalon

MVP. Ben Mbala is the UAAP Season 79 Most Valuable Player. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Emotional Mbala thankful after long wait for championship

Dec 08, 2016 - 12:00 PM

After La Salle officially became the UAAP champion tears fell from Ben Mbala s eyes

Photo by Eduardo Solo/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Mbala crowned UAAP MVP; Melecio is ROY

Dec 07, 2016 - 4:06 PM

The MVP Rookie of the Year and other awards are handed out prior to Game 2 of the finals

Mbala to be named UAAP MVP; Melecio Rookie of the Year

Dec 05, 2016 - 4:14 PM

DLSU s Ben Mbala clinches the honor with 92 4286 statistical points and averages of 20 6 points 16 rebounds and 2 4 blocks in the elimination round

MVP. Ben Mbala is the UAAP Season 79 Most Valuable Player. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Mbala: Winning UAAP MVP not the ultimate goal

Nov 20, 2016 - 2:33 PM

Mbala is aiming to give La Salle its first UAAP men s basketball title since 2013

La Salle’s Mbala wins UAAP MVP award

Nov 18, 2016 - 4:21 PM

Mbala averages a league leading 20 6 points and 16 0 rebounds a game

Photo by Josh Abelda/Rappler

La Salle’s Mbala to UAAP refs: 'at least call the obvious fouls’

Nov 13, 2016 - 1:52 PM

People will look at it and it won’t be good for Philippine basketball adds Mbala

DLSU (23) Ben Mbala Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ayo ‘pissed off’ by ref confusion, hints at unfair officiating of Mbala

Nov 13, 2016 - 7:22 AM

“Pag dating duon sa ganon situation sabi ko nga sa referee ‘Patayin nalang nila si Ben eh ’ Patayin nalang ’

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Mbala wants to face Ateneo again: 'We won't back down'

Nov 06, 2016 - 6:20 PM

After watching his team suffer its first defeat in UAAP Season 79 La Salle s Ben Mbala is eager to go up against Ateneo again

Mbala dominates stat sheet as La Salle moves up to 12-0

Oct 26, 2016 - 4:20 PM

UPDATED La Salle moves two wins away from sweeping the UAAP elimination round and earning an automatic trip to the Finals

Mbala on ‘puro import’ criticism of La Salle: they’re ‘uninformed’

Oct 23, 2016 - 6:16 PM

Mbala describes the surprising 5 man unit deployed by Aldin Ayo in the fourth quarter as fun as the Green Archers continue their unbeaten run

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

La Salle's Mbala leads UAAP MVP race after first round

Oct 06, 2016 - 1:55 PM

UPDATED Mbala has helped lead La Salle to an undefeated 7 0 record in UAAP Season 79

Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

Thomas Torres relishing role with Green Archers

Oct 03, 2016 - 12:10 PM

Torres and Mbala also talk about the highlight play they had against Ateneo

Photo by Josh Abelda/Rappler

WATCH: La Salle's Mbala puts on dunking exhibition against Ateneo

Oct 02, 2016 - 10:54 PM

The DLSU big man s dominant performance includes a highlight which looked almost LeBron James like

Photo by Josh Abelda/Rappler

NU’s Aroga commends La Salle, but says ‘they’re beatable’

Sep 19, 2016 - 1:30 PM

The NU big man also emphatically insists that he had no thoughts about an individual matchup against Ben Mbala

Jeron Teng remains La Salle's Mr Constant

Sep 08, 2016 - 8:35 PM

When La Salle needed someone to deliver them a win in crunch time Jeron Teng delivered – as he s done many times over the last 4 years

DLSU (21) Jeron Teng. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Mbala dominates as DLSU wins Filoil title

Jun 12, 2016 - 6:37 PM

DLSU wins its second Filoil title in the last 3 years as the team finishes the tourney with a perfect 10 0 record

DOMINANT. Ben Mbala (L) dominates the game to lift the DLSU Green Archers to the FilOil preseason title. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Grown-up Mbala makes La Salle UAAP favorite

Jun 01, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Reflecting on lost time Ben Mbala tells Rappler that his past actions have made him grow up

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Fil-Am Andrew Langston to suit up for DLSU in Season 78

Aug 19, 2015 - 9:46 PM

Highlights of Langston show him as a deadeye shooter from long range

UAAP: La Salle's Ben Mbala ineligible for Season 78

Aug 17, 2015 - 5:38 PM

Ben Mbala will not see action for La Salle in Season 78

Van Opstal to play final year with Mbala likely ineligible - source

Mar 22, 2015 - 10:23 PM

De La Salle University big man Arnold Van Opstal will play out his final year of eligibility before turning pro after Ben Mbala s eligibility was compromised

Arnold Van Opstal will return for another year with the Green Archers. Photo by Josh Albelda

Mbala shines as DLSU books PCCL finals ticket

Nov 25, 2014 - 12:51 PM

Big man Ben Mbala scored 20 points with 12 rebounds 2 assists and a block to lead the Green Archers to a win over FEU

MONSTER GAME. Big man Ben Mbala drops 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead La Salle to the PCCL finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PCCL: Teng leads La Salle past San Beda

Nov 21, 2014 - 5:42 PM

Jeron Teng finishes with near double double 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Green Archers over the Red Lions

Jeron Teng. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler