Lady Bulldogs one win away from fourth straight Finals appearance

Lady Bulldogs one win away from fourth straight Finals
The Lady Bulldogs are one win away from their fourth straight Finals appearance as the semifinal contenders are set in the UAAP Season 80 women's basketball tournament.

STANDINGS

NU 13-0
UE 11-2
UST 10-4
FEU 7-6 
AdU 6-8
ADMU 4-9
DLSU 2-11
UP 0-13

The NU Lady Bulldogs are one victory away from their fourth straight Finals appearance as they clawed the UST Growling Tigresses, 79-58, in the continuation of the UAAP Season 80 Women's Basketball Tournament on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The 13-0 Lady Bulldogs, who won their 61st straight contest dating back to 2014, were in control of the game from the get-go, never surrendering the lead. They held their largest lead at 26 points, 69-43, following a Trixie Antiquera field goal early in the fourth quarter.

Despite a tight rotation due to injuries to Janet Sison and Venz Teneza, NU head coach Pat Aquino, who returned from a one-game suspension, was very much pleased with his team’s performance.

"I'm proud of them because they played hard during our last game [vs UP]. Hopefully, in our last game against UE, we play better," said Aquino.

In the first matchup, the UE Lady Warriors solidified their second-place standing as they repulsed the Adamson Lady Falcons, 70-51.

Ruthlaine Tacula had an all-around game for UE with 13 points, 12 assists, and five rebounds. Love Sto. Domingo contributed a double-double herself with 11 markers and 10 boards.

Kristeena Camacho scored 10 points for the 6-7 Lady Falcons, who are now eliminated from playoff contention and finish fifth.

In the games at the Blue Eagle Gym in Katipunan, the FEU Lady Tamaraws secured fourth place courtesy of Precious Arellado's heroics as they downed the De La Salle Lady Archers, 63-61 in the second game.

In overtime, with the score knotted at 61, Arellado drove to the hoop and laid it in, giving the Lady Tamaraws a ticket in the Final Four.

Trailing 55-61 with about 90 seconds left in overtime, La Salle's Khate Castillo drilled two straight threes to tie the game with 12.4 seconds left in the extra period.

Princess Jumuad paced FEU's offense with 13 points while Castillo topscored with 27 markers, including seven threes.

The Lady Tamaraws will wait for the winner of the NU-UE matchup to determine whether if the postseason will be determined through the stepladder process. If the Lady Bulldogs win, FEU will face UST. Otherwise, they will face NU.

In the first game, the Ateneo Lady Eagles successfully defended homecourt with a pulsating 44-42 victory over the neighboring UP Lady Maroons.

Jhazmin Joson nailed the go-ahead floater with 41.8 ticks left in the game for the Lady Eagles.

The now 0-13 Lady Maroons used a 12-2 run to knot the game at 42 with under three minutes left in the game following a layup from Therese Medina.

Ateneo, who is eliminated from playoff contenton with a 4-9 slate, was led by Alyssa Villamor’s nine points. Joson finished with four.

Iriss Isip led the way for UP with 17 markers.

FIRST GAME

UE (70) (11-2) Tacula 13, Sto. Domingo 11, Cortiano 10, Ramos 8, Chan 8, Francisco 7, Requiron 6, Gayacao 4, Ebeza 3, Pedregoza 0, Nama 0. Bobis 0, Borromeo 0.

ADU (51) – Camacho 10, Alcoy 9, Araja 8, Lacson 5, Razalo 5, Tacitac 4, Cabug 3, Prado 3, Ramillano 2, Villanueva 2, Aciro 0, Cacho 0, Gaite 0, Rosario 0.

Quarterscores: 19-17, 43-28, 63-39, 70-51.

SECOND GAME

NU (79) – Nabalan 17, Camelo 15, Aminan 14, Ano-on 10, Itesi 8, Del Carmen 6, Cacho 5, Antiquera 2, Harada 2.

UST (58) – Larosa 20, Angeles 12, Sanggalang 8, Anies 7, Penaflor 4, Gandalla 3, Rivera 2, Portillo 2, Capilit 0, Aujero 0, Isanan 0, Magat 0. Manuel 0. 

Quarterscores: 17-11, 39-24, 66-42, 79-58.

THIRD GAME

ADMU (44) – Villamor 9, Uy de Ong 7, Guytingco 6, Buendia 4, Go 4, Joson 4, Cancio 4, Payac 3, Newsome 2, Morelos 1, Yam 0, Deacon 0.

UP (42) – Isip 17, Ordoveza 8, Medina 8, Pesquera 5, Esplana 3, Domingo 1, Rodas, Tan 0, Cruz 0, Ongsiako 0, Lapid 0.

Quarterscores: 9-8, 19-18, 38-30, 44-42.

FOURTH GAME

FEU (63) – Jumuad 13, Arellado 12, Mamaril 8, Quiapo 7, Antiola 6, Balleser 6, Gerner 4, Bastatas 4, Taguiam 3, Ouano 0, Okunlola 0, Bahuyan 0, Payadon 0.

DLSU (61) – Castillo 27, Vergara 9, Javier 6, Dagdagad 6, Nunez 6, Figueroa 5, Oaraiso 2, Jimenez 0, Torres 0, Del Campo 0.

Quarterscores: 8-16, 24-25, 40-35, 49-49, 63-61.

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