Lady Bulldogs still too much for Lady Archers

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 29, 2016 12:28 PM
Lady Bulldogs still too much for Lady Archers
CHANGE IS NOT COMING. NU yet again re-asserted their mastery over DLSU.

National University once again stared deep into the eyes of supposedly the biggest threats to the continuation of their dynasty in the UAAP 79 Women’s Basketball Tournament.

And once again, the two-time champions made quick work of De La Salle University.

The “Big Three” of Jack Animam, Gemma Miranda, and Afril Bernardino did much of the heavy lifting and the Lady Bulldogs simply had their way against the Lady Archers in a 93-77 laugher on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The “Big Three” had 69 points, 47 rebounds, eight assists, and six blocks all to themselves as NU had no problem whatsoever advancing to 12-0. More than that, their historic run kept going with their 44th win in a row dating back to 2014.

From a close contest in the first quarter that saw them only mount a five-point lead, the Lady Bulldogs turned it on in the middle quarters where they outscored their opponents, 52-32.

When the final frame rolled along, Pat Aquino’s girls were up by 25 and would never be threatened the rest of the way.

The two-time champions took the fight out of DLSU with a massive 35-11 advantage in second chance points. The former had 31 offensive rebounds while the latter had 29 rebounds in total.

The Lady Archers fell to an 8-3 standing, but remained in second-place, only slightly ahead of 7-3 University of the East.

Meanwhile, University of Sto. Tomas knocked last year’s runner-up Ateneo de Manila University out of contention following a 54-42 decision.

At 5-7, the Tigresses are right behind 5-6 and fourth-running Adamson University whom they also face next. On the other hand, the Lady Eagles continued their downward spiral now at 4-8.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

UST 59 – Anies 19, Felisarta 13, Angeles 10, Larosa 8, Peñaflor 4, Magdaluyo 3, Gandalla 2, Portillo, Rivera 0, Aujero 0, Sangalang 0.

ATENEO 42 – Yam 13, Tomita 10, Guytingco 10, Deacon 4, Villamor 4, Uy De Ong 1, Cancio 0, Go 0, Newsome 0, Moslares 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 19-14, 28-19, 36-25, 59-42.

SECOND GAME

NU 93 – Animam 25, Miranda 23, Bernardino 21, Itesi 10, Ceno 5, Camelo 3, Harada 3, Del Carmen 2, Nabalan 1, Layug 0, Lopez 0, Taneza 0, Malana 0, Rebadulla 0.

DLSU 77 – Claro 21, Vergara 13, Arciga 11, Nunez 10, Roxas 7, Castillo 5, Figueroa 4, Revillosa 2, Penaranda 2, Vela 2, Dagdagan 0, Javier 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 25-20, 53-33, 77-52, 93-77.

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