Lady Archers, Lady Warriors still battling for second-seed

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 12, 2016 02:33 PM
Lady Archers, Lady Warriors still battling for second-seed
THE HEAT IS ON. DLSU and UE are still disputing the remaining twice-to-beat advantage.

Both De La Salle University and University of the East remain in the hunt for a twice-to-beat advantage in the impending playoffs of the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Lady Archers are one win away from clinching following a 65-48 pasting of the University of the Philippines, but still right behind them are the Lady Warriors who registered a 66-55 decision against Adamson University on Saturday at the MOA Arena.

Khate Castillo heated up the nets with 22 points build on four triples and was reinforced by Snow Penaranda who posted a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double in DLSU’s 10th win in 13 games.

The Lady Archers blitzed into a 16-6 start and never looked back as they gained a one-game separation from third-running UE. They know very well that they aren’t finished yet as coach Cholo Villanueva expressed, “There’s no time to relax for us. We still need a win to solidify a twice-to-beat advantage.”

That is nothing but the truth as the Lady Warriors rode Love Sto. Domingo’s monster numbers of 18 points and 17 rebounds into a 9-4 record.

Looking at a one-point deficit at the midway mark of the final frame, Ruth Tacula went on a 13-1 finishing kick that made sure UE bounced back from their loss the last time around. “Sabi ko sa mga bata, kalimutan na natin kung ano man yung past. Kailangan mag-focus tayo sa present kasi gagamitin natin ito para makarating sa gusto namin,” coach Aileen Lebornio said.

With their respective losses, the Lady Falcons fell to 5-8 and the Lady Maroons dropped to 2-11.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

UE 66 – Tacula 19, Sto. Domingo 18, Chan 12, Mendina 7, Ramos 3, Nama 3, Requiron 2, Gayacao 2, Francisco 0, Relova 0, Antonio 0.

ADAMSON 55 – Prado 17, Alcoy 15, Lacson 7, Araja 6, Camacho 3, Razalo 3, Dampios 2, Pingol 0, Osano 0, Cabug 0, Tacitac 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 16-17, 36-32, 49-43, 66-55.

SECOND GAME

DLSU 65 – Castillo 22, Penaranda 13, Arciga 8, Claro 6, Vergara 5, Torres 3, Nunez 2, Dagdagan 2, Vela 2, Figueroa 2, Revillosa 0, Gonzales 0, Roxas 0, Ali Mohamed El Hadad 0, Malarde 0, Javier 0.

UP 48 – Medina 14, Wong 10, Pesquera 8, Esplana 5, Aliermo 5, Tan 4, Ordoveza 2, Rodas 0, Cruz 0, Franco 0, Lapid 0, Viray 0, Gatpatan 0, Ongsiako 0, Villanueva 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 16-6, 25-23, 54-34, 65-48.

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