Lady Falcons swoop into playoffs for first time since 2013

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 23, 2016 02:08 PM
Lady Falcons swoop into playoffs for first time since 2013
RETURN OF THE COMEBACK. Adamson, once a powerhouse in women's basketball, will make their first playoffs in three years.

Adamson University is back where they believe they belong in the UAAP 79 Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Behind vengeful Jamie Alcoy and Khaye Pingol, the Lady Falcons made quick work of University of Sto. Tomas, 73-58, in their do-or-die duel for the fourth-seed on Wed at the MOA Arena.

Coming into the contest, Pingol was confident that she and her teammates would prove themselves against the Tigresses who dealt them what was once thought to be a disastrous defeat in the second round. “Babawian namin ang UST,” she expressed

She then continued, “Yung sinabi po nilang parang tsamba lang (yung panalo namin) nung first round, papatunayan namin na kaya talaga namin.”

Adamson did just that right from tip-off with a merciless 23-8 opening salvo that seemed to take the fight out of their opponents. “Nandun talaga yung hunger to win. We want to prove na we deserve to be in the Final Four,” coach Mike Fermin said.

The Lady Falcons would not look back from there as Alcoy and Jovelyn Prado merged to increase their advantage as much as 24, 54-30, in the third quarter.

With the win, Adamson completes the cast in the stepladder playoffs. They battle third-seed University of the East on Saturday and the victor from there will then face twice-to-beat De La Salle University.

Waiting at the top of the stepladder is defending two-time champion National University who automatically advanced into the Finals following their third consecutive elimination round sweep.

However harder things will be from now, Fermin said he and his girls will only cherish their first playoffs in three years. “Malaking accomplishment ‘to for me kasi, at least, naiangat ko sila,” he said about the accomplishment in only his first year at the helm.

Pingol wound up with 17 points to lead the Lady Falcons’ official return to relevance. Overwhelmed by their feat, the wiry thin guard was speechless while shedding tears of joy in the post-game conference.

Shanda Anies paced UST with 14 points.

BOX SCORES

ADAMSON 73 – Pingol 17, Prado 15, Lacson 12, Alcoy 11, Araja 8, Cabug 5, Osano 3, Camacho 1, Razalo 1, Dampios 0, Loretero 0

UST 58 – Anies 14, Penaflor 10, Larosa 9, Angeles 9, Aujero 6, Gandalla 4, Rivera 2, Portillo 2, Felisarta 2, Magdaluyo 0, Jerez 0, Capilit 0

QUARTER SCORES: 23-8, 37-22, 56-37, 73-58

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