Lady Eagles get off ground in post-Danica Jose era

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 04, 2016 02:10 PM
Lady Eagles get off ground in post-Danica Jose era
OFF WITH A BANG! Minus longtime cornerstone Danica Jose, Ateneo still got off to a strong start to the season.

Ateneo de Manila University is off to a strong start now without longtime cornerstone Danica Jose in the UAAP 79 Womens Basketball Tournament.

Katrina Guytingco wasted no time in filling in the void in the middle with a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double to power the Lady Eagles to a 65-57 triumph over University of Sto. Tomas on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The ladies from Katipunan took control right from tip-off and built a 38-28 margin at halftime. The lead would remain in their favor until the final buzzer for a much-desired season-opening win.

Now without Jose, Ateneo is keeping their cards to their chests and are out to surprise just about everybody. “Sa amin na lang yun. We talked about it during team-building and we want to keep it within the team,” coach John Flores said.

Meanwhile, Adamson University are also celebrating to begin the season after a 66-61 decision over the University of the Philippines.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

ADAMSON 66 – Pingol 12, Alcoy 11, Lacson 10, Prado 7, Araja 5, Aciro 4, Osano 3, Razalo 3, Cacho 3, Tacitac 2, Dampios 2, Camacho 2, Rosario 2, Cabug 0

UP 61 – Pesquera 19, Wong 14, Aliermo 7, Esplana 6, Bautista 5, Medina 4, Ordoveza 2, Cruz 2, Lapid 2, Rodas 0, Gatpatan 0, Villanueva 0

QUARTER SCORES: 18-10, 36-26, 48-39, 66-61

SECOND GAME

ATENEO 65 – Guytingco 12, Uy De Ong 12, Tomita 9, Deacon 9, Yam 8, Cancio 8, Villamor 4, Go 3, Newsome 0.

UST 57 – Peñaflor 16, Anies 15, Felisarta 8, Portillo 7, Angeles 4, Gandalla 3, Larosa 2, Jerez 2, Rivera 0, Manuel 0, Magdaluyo 0, Aujero 0, Capalit 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 21-17, 38-28, 50-40, 65-57.

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