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MANILA -- Af­ter los­ing the cham­pi­onship against Ate­neo de Manila Univer­sity on Sun­day, Ben Mbala sent a strong mes­sage to other uni­ver­si­ties as he hinted his re­turn to the De La Salle Univer­sity Green Archers in the UAAP Sea­son 81.

The two-time UAAP MVP re­vealed he still has one play­ing year left and he just needed to talk to La Salle for pos­si­bly an­other sea­son with the Green Archers who are aim­ing to bounce back from their loss.

La Salle head coach Aldin Ayo was also firm about Mbala's re­turn.

“He still has one year. Based on the ground rules of the UAAP, Ben still has one more year in the UAAP. He'll be here next year,” Ayo said.

Mean­while, Mbala was still proud of his team de­spite their foiled ti­tle de­fense.

“You won't al­ways be a win­ner. Some­times you just have to be on the side of the losers. Un­luck­ily we were on the side of the losers,” mused Mbala, who fin­ished Game 3 with 19 points and 14 boards.

Mbala went on to note that los­ing the cham­pi­onship is part of the learn­ing curve for the Taft-based squad.

“You can't just learn by win­ning, you can also learn by los­ing.

LA SALLE Ben Mbala re­acts af­ter their loss to Ate­neo. ABS-CBN Sports

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