Lady Bulldogs win 51st straight even as DLSU remains winless
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 20, 2017 01:34 PM
NEW BLOOD. Trixie Antiquera, along with Jack Daniel Animan and Ria Nabalan, are the new faces of NU.
New stars continue to shine for National University as it registered its 51st win in a row dating back to 2014 on Wednesday at the MOA Arena.
Trixie Antiquerra fired a career-high 27 points, Jack Daniel Animam turned in her best performance thus far, and Ria Nabalan flirted with a triple-double as the Lady Bulldogs pounded on University of Sto. Tomas, 95-65, for a strong 3-0 start in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Antiquerra waxed hot right from the start and had 21 of her career-high in the first two quarters alone.
Still, the Tigresses were keeping close and were only behind by three at halftime. “The players just settled down. I told them at halftime that they’re rushing things too much,” head coach Pat Aquino said post-game.
Indeed, the third quarter was a different story as the three-time defending champions turned it on and outscored their opponents, 25-14. “Again, it has to be teamwork in the end for a team like this,” Aquino said.
In the final frame, Animam and Nabalan then took over and combined for 17 of their team’s 29 points. By themselves, the two outdid UST which only mustered 13.
Animam wound up with a 23-point, 18-rebound double-double while Nabalan stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, and five steals.
By taking down the Tigresses, NU is now the only undefeated team in the tournament.
Anjel Anies topped the scoring column for UST with 18 points. Suffering their first setback in three tries, they find themselves in a three-way tie for the second spot with Ateneo de Manila University and Far Eastern Univeristy.
Meanwhile, Adamson University scored its first win of the tournament, edging out De La Salle University, 88-84.
Nathalia Prado scored a career-best 26 points to lift the Lady Falcons onto the win column now at 1-2.
At the same time, they added to the woes of the Lady Archers who remained winless after three games.
Ana Castillo paced last year’s runners-up with 19 points. Without a doubt, they continue to miss the services of ace scorer Camille Claro and bigs Susan Al-Mohamen and Benette Revillosa who are all out for the season due to injury.
NU 95 – Antiquerra 27, Animam 23, Nabalan 17, Itesi 13, Camelo 6, Del Carmen 5, Ano-os 4, Harada 0, Cacho 0, Sison 0, Ceno 0
UST 65 – Anies 18, Penaflor 14, Angeles 13, Tortillo 8, Jerez 3, Magat 3, Larosa 2, Gandalla 2, Isanan 2, Sanggalang 0, Manuel 0, Capilit 0, Valera 0, Aujero 0
QUARTER SCORES: 17-15, 41-38, 66-52, 95-65
ADAMSON 88 – Prado 26, Alcoy 13, Rosario 13, Cabug 11, Araja 7, Camacho 6, Lacson 2, Villanueva 2, Razalo 2, Cacho 2, Tacitac 2, Gaite 2, Aciro 0
DLSU 84 – Castillo 19, Dagdagan 10, Torres 9, Vergara 8, Arciga 8, Del Campo 8, Nunez 7, Jimenez 7, Paraiso 6, Javier 2, Figueroa 0
QUARTER SCORES: 21-26, 44-42, 66-64, 88-84
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