By the Numbers: Final Four weekend
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 19, 2016 05:06 PM
The Final Four saved its best game for last.
The Final Four weekend saved its best game for last as the De La Salle Lady Spikers and the FEU Lady Tamaraws engaged in a five-set classic with Morayta coming out on top.
And that means we get an extra day of Final Four action before shifting into the UAAP Season 78 Finals where two-time defending champion Ateneo Lady Eagles are already sitting pretty having booked their fifth straight appearance at the expense of the young but talented UP Lady Maroons.
With another gameday coming up before the highly-anticipated UAAP Finals between Ateneo and a green team, we take a look back at the numbers from the crazy Final Four weekend.
Straight finals appearances for the Ateneo Lady Eagles.
Since Alyssa Valdez came to play for Katipunan back in Season 74, the Lady Eagles have made the UAAP Finals each time, losing twice to La Salle and winning two over the Lady Spikers.
Now Ateneo gets to play in a fifth finals series against a green team, either a rubber match against the girls from Taft or a fresh matchup with the Lady Tamaraws.
Number of excellent sets by La Salle ace Kim Fajardo against FEU.
Fajardo is taking the art of setting to a whole other level as she masterfully runs the La Salle offense.
Her 77 excellent sets were 16 more from the 61 she posted against Ateneo last week in another five-set thriller. Granted, the Lady Spikers lost both games but those numbers are impressive.
Number of excellent sets for FEU's Gyzelle Sy.
Not to be left behind, Sy has been on a personal tear for the Lady Tamaraws as of late, proving that she's still one of the UAAP's elite setters.
And she reached 53 while being subbed in favor of Kyle Negrito for three straight sets. Not bad.
Straight wins for the FEU Lady Tamaraws since the regular season.
Since being stuck with a mediocre 5-5 record, the Morayta-based squad won four straight to secure the number 3 seed and now, scored a huge five-set win over the Lady Spikers to start the Final Four.
A sixth straight win for the Lady Tamaraws gets them closer to title number 30.
Average points scored by Bernadeth Pons in FEU's five game winning streak.
She scored 22 against the Lady Spikers, looking unstoppable from the third to the fifth sets to lead the Lady Tamaraws in the victory.
Number of points scored by Kim Dy in two games last week.
In our previous By the Numbers, we talked about how Ara Galang's performance against Ateneo was the first 20-point game by a La Salle player this season. So much for that.
Kim Dy has now broken that barrier twice in two games last week, scoring a career-high 25 against NU Wednesday and another 20 in the loss to FEU. She has now led Taft in scoring in seven of the last eight games with the Final Four being the only loss in that stretch.
Number of consecutive defeats by FEU to La Salle prior to the Lady Tamaraws winning in the Final Four of Season 78.
The last time FEU won over La Salle was back in game 1 of the Season 71 finals, the year the Lady Tamaraws last went to the championship round.
The Lady Spikers won that title in three games and went on to dominate FEU until last Sunday.