NU puts exclamation mark on elims sweep after downing DLSU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 15, 2015 05:31 PM
NU puts exclamation mark on elims sweep after downing DLSU
SHIRT SAYS IT ALL. National University swept the elimination round for the second season in a row.

Even with leading lady Afril Bernardino sitting out due to personal reasons, defending champion National University still had more than enough to overcome their biggest challengers in the 78th Season of the UAAP Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Unheralded Sam Paig and Tin Abriam stepped up big time to show the way for the Lady Bulldogs against the De La Salle University Lady Archers, 81-74, on Sunday at the Blue Eagle Gym.

Paig ended as the game-high scorer with 18 points while Abriam pounded in a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double off the bench as NU dominated for majority of the game and claimed their 14th consecutive victory in the season. By sweeping the eliminations, the defending champions automatically advance into the Finals where they will wield a thrice-to-beat advantage.

DLSU kept the game close, only behind 25-27 early in the second before Paig drilled back-to-back triples to front a 10-0 run. The Lady Bulldogs then doubled down and detonated a 10-4 blast to open the third for their biggest lead of the game at 55-36.

The Lady Archers were only able to come as close as 64-71 to suffer just their second setback in the tournament. At 12-2, the ladies from Taft are locked into the second-seed in what is now a stepladder playoffs.

Meanwhile, the third-seed was claimed by University of the East after a 68-53 triumph over University of Sto. Tomas. Ruth Tacula had 20 points to pace the Lady Warriors into finishing with a surprising 7-7 record after the elimination round.

The fourth and final playoff berth will have to be disputed by Ateneo de Manila University and UST after the Lady Eagles routed the Adamson University Lady Falcons, 55-41, on the back of Claire Aseron and Danica Jose who merged for 21 points. Ateneo and UST wound up with similar 6-8 cards.

In the day’s other game, Far Eastern University took home a win to end their season after enduring a late rally by University of the Philippines, 54-52.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

NU 81 – Paig 18, Abriam 14, Gupilan 12, Tongco 12, Miranda 9, Sison 7, Nabalan 4, Itesi 3, Animam 1, Antiquera 1.

DLSU 74 – Abaca 18, Castillo 13, Penaranda 13, Ong 11, Claro 6, Vergara 5, Dagdagan 3, Roxas 3, Revillosa 2, Vela 0, Gonzales 0, Figueroa 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 20-18, 45-32, 67-57, 81-74.

SECOND GAME

FEU 54 – Castro 16, Arellado 14, Payadon 10, Hortaleza 6, Ventura 4, Okunlola 4, Quiapo 0, Adriano 0, Baldonado 0, Capua 0, Abat 0.

UP 52 - Oliva 15, Daez 14, Pesquera 8, Aliermo 5, Tatel 4, Medina 4, Isip 2, Esplana 0, Ordoveza 0, Franco 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 14-11, 21-24, 35-36, 54-52.

THIRD GAME

ATENEO 55 – Aseron 11, Jose 10, Go 10, Buendia 6, Yam 5, Newsome 3, Nitorreda 2, Lamar 2, Payac 2, Guytingco 2, Moslares 2, Javier 0, Tomita 0, Veloso 0.

ADAMSON 41 – Lacson 11, Araja 7, Ido 6, Tabanao 6, Diaz 4, Camacho 4, Cochico 2, Generoso 1, Alcoy 0, Osano 0, Escalante 0, Tacitac 0, Aciro 0

QUARTER SCORES: 14-5, 28-17, 41-25, 55-41.

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