Finals-bound Lady Archers shoot down Lady Warriors

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 30, 2016 02:16 PM
Finals-bound Lady Archers shoot down Lady Warriors
WE MEET AGAIN. For the second time in four years, NU and DLSU will clash in the Finals.

De La Salle University will once again challenge two-time defending champion National University now in the Finals of the UAAP 79 Women’s Basketball Tournament.

And they left no doubt in doing so.

Behind after the opening salvo, the Lady Archers turned it on in the middle quarters for a 72-50 romp of the University of the East on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Khate Castillo stroked the nets with 23 points built on five triples to shoot the Taft-based team back into the Finals after a one-year absence. There, they will take on the Lady Bulldogs who are gunning for a third straight season sweep.

It was actually the Lady Warriors who got off to a strong start and earned for themselves a one-point advantage against twice-to-beat DLSU after the first quarter.

That would be their last taste of the lead, however, as Castillo and team captain Camille Claro connived to lead the Lady Archers’ 37-15 onslaught in the middle quarters.

Allowing only two points in the second period, DLSU took the fight out of UE and took a lead of as much as 27.

Claro wound up with 13 points and eight assists while Bennette Revillosa and Chay Vergara merged for 20 points and 16 rebounds off the bench. “It just shows that my team wants to move the ball around. It’s big that we move the ball because it means we’re sharing the basketball,” a satisfied coach Cholo Villanueva said.

Love Sto. Domingo paced the Lady Warriors with a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double. Having no answer for their opponents’ onslaught in the middle quarters, however, they bowed out of contention.

BOX SCORES

DLSU 72 – Castillo 23, Claro 13, Revillosa 10, Vergara 10, Penaranda 9, Dagdagan 3, Nunez 2, Gonzales 2, Arciga 0, Vela 0, Ali Mohamed El Hadad 0, Figueroa 0.

UE 50 – Sto. Domingo 22, Mendina 8, Tacula 7, Chan 6, Gayacao 4, Ramos 2, Relova 1, Francisco 0, Requiron 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 15-16, 30-18, 52-31, 72-50.

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