Lady Bulldogs best Lady Archers to remain unscathed

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 18, 2016 02:02 PM
Lady Bulldogs best Lady Archers to remain unscathed
STANDARD-BEARERS. Afril Bernardino and NU still haven't found their match for 36 games running now.

Already having defeated their runners-up, National University then turned their attention to the closest challengers in the UAAP 79 Women’s Basketball Tournament.

And still, De La Salle University was no match for the defending champions.

Detonating a 17-0 explosion to close the contest, the Lady Bulldogs trumped the very game Lady Archers, 72-59, on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

DLSU was giving the back-to-back titlists all they could handle and had a hardfought four-point advantage after three and a half quarters only to see Monique Del Carmen spearhead the surge that drowned them for good.

With Del Carmen fronting the way on offense, the NU defense held their opponents scoreless in the endgame to wrap up their fourth consecutive victory to start the season. Crediting the hardwork of his girls, coach Pat Aquino expressed, “If we play good defense, easy offense for us.”

Del Carmen wound up with 10 points while reigning MVP Afril Bernardino showed the way with a 22-point, 13-rebound double-double.

The Lady Bulldogs’ latest win stretched their streak to 36 dating back to 2014.

On the other hand, DLSU fell for the first time through three games despite the best efforts of Khate Castillo and Bennette Revillosa who scored 13 points apiece.

Meanwhile, the University of the East registered their third win in a row, this time at the expense of Far Eastern University, 55-45.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

NU 72 – Bernardino 22, Miranda 17, Del Carmen 10, Nabalan 9, Aminam 9, Camelo 3, Itesi 2, Ceno 0, Harada 0, Layug 0.

DLSU 59 – Castillo 13, Revillosa 13, Peñaranda 9, Roxas 9, Claro 8, Arciga 4, Vergara 3, Vela 0, Nunez 0, Dagdagan 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 20-18, 35-37, 55-48, 72-59.

SECOND GAME

UE 55 – Mendina 15, Sto. Domingo 12, Chan 10, Ramos 9, Francisco 4, Tacula 3, Requiron 2, Gayacao 0, Relova 0 Antonio 0, Nama 0, Cortizano 0.

FEU 45 – Arellado 15, Gerner 9, Ventura 8, Ouano 4, Mamaril 3, Okunlola 2, Payadon 2, Balleser 1, Quiapo 1, Jumuad 0, De Guzman 0, Vidal 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 10-6, 25-20, 40-35, 55-45

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