BARK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK: Reign continues for Lady Bulldogs
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 07, 2016 12:50 PM
RUN THIS TOWN. NU has not found its match for three seasons, three Finals, and a total of 48 games.
There was no need to dig deep and battle back this time around for National University.
In fact, anything and everything was smooth sailing for the Lady Bulldogs as they earned their third consecutive championship now in the 79th Season of the UAAP Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Afril Bernardino proved more than worthy of being back-to-back MVP and propelled NU way past De La Salle University in a 96-72 blowout on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Making quick work of their closest competitors, the Lady Bulldogs wrapped up a three-peat. Not only that, they also wrapped up a third season sweep in a row – and their winning streak stands at 48 straight dating back to 2014.
Unlike Game 1 when they needed two quarters heat up, NU came out firing from the get-go in this one.
The tally was 7-5 in favor of the Lady Archers until Bernardino and Gemma Miranda joined forces in a 19-6 surge that vaulted the Lady Bulldogs over and on top, 24-13.
NU’s lead would remain in double-digits for the remainder of the game and increase to as much as 40.
Bernardino wound up with 18 points, nine assists, six rebounds, and three steals in the last game of his collegiate career.
Fellow graduating player Miranda had a 25-point, 13-rebound double-double to also take home the Finals MVP. Completing the “Big Three,” Jack Daniel Animam had her own 16 points and 18 rebounds.
As the cherry on top of it all, the win was also Lady Bulldogs’ revenge for when DLSU downed them in the Finals in 2013. That was their last loss in three years.
Khate Castillo paced the Lady Archers with 15 points. Despite the loss, their runner-up finish is still an improvement from their placement at third a season ago.
NU 96 – Miranda 25, Bernardino 18, Animam 16, Nabalan 15, Camelo 9, Itesi 8, Del Carmen 3, Layug 2, Harada 0, Ceno 0
DLSU 72 – Castillo 15, Arciga 14, Penaranda 13, Claro 9, Nunez 7, Vergara 7, Gonzales 4, Dagdagan 3, Revillosa 0, Vela 0, Javier 0
QUARTER SCORES: 26-15, 52-38, 78-47, 96-72
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