Lady Bulldogs remain unscathed; UE moves into joint second
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 24, 2017 04:26 PM
TOP TWO. NU and UE still seemed headed for another collision some time after the elimination round.
One after the other, National University has defeated the other three semifinalists from a year ago.
This time on Sunday, the Lady Bulldogs’ victims was Adamson University which was ran out of the MOA Arena with a 44-point rout, 82-38.
The win was the defending champions’ fourth in a row in the UAAP 80 Women’s Basketball Tournament. Two of the previous three have come against University of the East and De La Salle University who both made the Final Four a year ago.
Also, the win was their 52nd in a row dating back to 2014.
There was no doubt about in in this one as Rhena Itesi and Ria Nabalan got NU to the strongest of starts. By halftime, their lead was 34, 41-17.
They would be in cruise control for the remainder of the game.
In the end, Itesi had 18 points and 22 rebounds while Nabalan also posted a double-double of her own with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs’ dominance was most evident in the rebounding department where they tallied a massive 69-42 advantage. “We just dominated the boards. By controlling the boards, we can do other things like controlling the tempo of the game and that’s we did,” a satisfied head coach Pat Aquino said.
Meanwhile, following a season-opening loss to NU, University of the East is now on a three-game winning streak as they prevailed over Ateneo de Manila University, 62-51.
Ruthlaine Tacula fired half of her 20 points in the final frame while Eunique Chan contributed a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double. “Every game naman talaga, si Tacula, binubuhos niya ang lahat,” head coach Aileen Lebornio said.
Indeed, it was Tacula who scored six points in the Lady Warriors’ 12-1 run to close the contest.
Now, UE is at 3-1, tied for the second spot with University of Sto. Tomas.
Their respective losses dropped the Lady Eagles to 2-2 and the Lady Falcons to 1-3.
UE 62 – Tacula 20, Chan 17, Francisco 9, Sto. Domingo 8, Ramos 4, Gayacao 3, Cortizano 1, Requiron 1, Strachan 0.
ATENEO 51 – Go 13, Guytingco 11, Uy De Ong 8, Joson 6, Deacon 4, Newsome 4, Buendia 3, Yam 2, Payac 0, Morelos 0, Cancio 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 12-13, 24-18, 42-43, 62-51.
NU 88 – Itesi 18, Nabalan 14, Camelo 11, Del Carmen 7, Ano-os 6, Sison 6, Ceno 6, Antiquera 6, Animam 4, Harada 4, Cacho 0, Layug 0, Lopez 0, Tanesa 0.
ADAMSON 38 – Camacho 10, Prado 6, Araja 6, Razalo 6, Alcoy 4, Cabug 2, Aciro 2, Cacho 2, Lacson 0, Rosario 0, Villanueva 0, Ramiliano 0, Tacitac 0, Gaite 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 27-6, 41-17, 64-24, 82-38.
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