UE battles back against Adamson to stay alive in playoffs

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 26, 2016 02:42 PM
UE battles back against Adamson to stay alive in playoffs
STANDING STRONG. Plagued by foul trouble, Love Sto. Domingo was bailed out by the rest of the UE Lady Warriors.

With Mythical selection Love Sto. Domingo slowed down by foul trouble, University of the East saw their once 14-point lead morph into a four-point deficit on Saturday at the MOA Arena.

It was at that point that coach Aileen Lebornio settled down her troops and told them one thing. “Give your best shot. Ibigay niyo ‘tong three minutes, dito kayo maglaro,” she said in the post-game conference.

The Lady Warriors were only more than willing to obey orders from their coach and fought back with a 7-0 finishing kick that put down Adamson University for good, 48-45, in the UAAP 79 Women’s Basketball Tournament.

UE was in front by their biggest margin, 33-19, in the third quarter until Sto. Domingo picked up her fourth foul. From there, the Lady Falcons clawed their way back little by little and were only chasing down a three-point deficit inside the last five minutes.

Jamie Alcoy then ignited seven unanswered points that pushed Adamson ahead, 45-41.

It was at that point that Lebornio called for a break to talk to her wards. Off the timeout, Nicole Mendina made good on a layup and its bonus to jumpstart the Lady Warriors’ decisive run.

At the other end, Eunique Chan held down the fort as the UE defense held the Lady Falcons scoreless in the last three minutes. Talking about her woman in the middle who sealed the deal on their climb up one rung in the stepladder playoffs, Lebornio said,“Talagang dinala niya kami sa gusto namin,” Lebornio said of her woman in the middle.

Chan wound up with an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double and Tacula added 11 of her own to allow the Lady Warriors to survive Sto. Domingo’s off outing.

The UE defense then frustrated Kaye Pingol to only one point and into missing all of her 14 field goals while also turning the ball over five times.

The Lady Warriors will next take on second-seed and twice-to-beat De La Salle University on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Alcoy paced Adamson with 10 points. While they bow out of contention, it has still been a successful campaign for them.

BOX SCORES

UE 48 – Tacula 11, Chan 11, Mendina 8, Gayacao 6, Sto. Domingo 6, Francisco 3, Requiron 3, Ramos 0, Antonio 0

ADAMSON 45 – Lacson 10, Alcoy 10, Prado 8, Cabug 6, Camacho 4, Razalo 4, Dampios 2, Pingol 1, Araja 0, Osano 0, Rosario 0, Aciro 0, Loretero 0

QUARTER SCORES: 11-4, 25-13, 35-31, 48-45

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