Technical foul on coach energizes Tigresses to solo second

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 23, 2017 04:04 PM
Technical foul on coach energizes Tigresses to solo second
FIRED UP.

Sai Larosa was having for herself an off-game on Saturday at the MOA Arena to see University of Sto. Tomas fall behind to Far Eastern University.

And then head coach Haydee Ong got was called for a technical foul at the most crucial of moments.

Rallying around their head coach, the Tigresses came from behind to frustrate the Lady Tamaraws, 73-67, and claim solo second in the 80th Season of the UAAP Women’s Basketball Tournament.

The ladies from Espana were trailing for majority of the matchup and still by eight, 57-65, inside the last four minutes.

Things looked even worse as their mentor incurred a technical foul for continuous complaining. “I think nung na-technical ako, nabuhayan yung mga bata,” she said post-game.

Indeed, taking the mantle of leadership right then and there, Larosa scored five of her 17 points in the last three minutes to spearhead her squad’s 16-2 fightback to end the game. “Si Larosa, the second half belonged to her and that turned the game over,” the head coach expressed.

Larosa also collected 10 rebounds and three steals and was backstopped by Jhenn Angeles who scored 21 points.

With the comeback win, UST now has sole possession of the second spot with a 3-1 record. This is already an improvement from a season ago where they only had two wins for all of the first round.

For FEU, Valerie Mamaril topped the scoring column with 21 points. With ace scorer Precious Arellano held down to only nine points along with five turnovers, however, they dropped back onto a 2-2 standing.

Meanwhile, De La Salle University has finally barged into the win column after downing University of the Philippines, 76-64.

Riding the hot hands of Charmaine Torres and Marga Dagdagan who had 17 and 16 points, respectively, the Lady Archers improved to 1-3.

The Taft-based team also locked out of the win column the Lady Maroons who remain winless after four games.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

DLSU 76 – Torres 17, Dagdagan 16, Figueroa 9, Jimenez 8, Arciga 7, Del Campo 6, Castillo 5, Vergara 4, Paraiso 2, Nuñez 2, Javier.

UP 64 – Esplana 19, Isip 10, Pesquera 8, Medina 7, Tan 7: Domingo 6, Bascon 4, Ordoveza 2, Gatpatan 1, Cruz, Rodas, Amar, Lapid, Viray, Ongsiako.

QUARTER SCORES: 17-14, 41-26, 57-48, 76-64.

SECOND GAME

UST 73 – Angeles 21, Anies 18, Larosa 17, Isanan 8, Gandalla 6, Tortillo 2, Aujero 1, Rivera 0, Capilit 0, Penaflor 0, Jerez 0, Magat 0.

FEU 67 – Mamaril 21, Quiapo 11, Arellado 9, Jumuad 9, Taguiam 7, Gerner 4, Balleser 4, Antiola 2, Bastatas 0, Payadon 0, Ouano 0, De Guzman 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 19-16, 35-32, 51-55, 73-67.

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