Lady Bulldogs outclass Lady Tams for 5-0 start to season

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 27, 2017 04:35 PM
Lady Bulldogs outclass Lady Tams for 5-0 start to season
STILL THE ONE.

STANDINGS
NU 5-0
UST 4-1
UE 3-1
Ateneo 2-3
FEU 2-3
Adamson 1-3
DLSU 1-3
UP 0-4

Brand new big three, same old positive outcome for National University in the UAAP 80 Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Yet again riding the more than capable shoulders of Jack Animam, Rhena Itesi, and Ria Nabalan, the Lady Bulldogs stamped their class on upstart Far Eastern University, 71-48, on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Jack Animam remained a force with 11 points and 23 rebounds while Rhena Itesi had her own 14-point, 14-rebound double-double as the three-time defending champions cemented a 5-0 beginning in their title defense.

“It’s (Animam and Itesi’s) job to do that,” a more than satisfied head coach Pat Aquino said. “They’re really working hard for all those stats that they make.”

It wasn’t until the third quarter, however, that NU turned the game into a laugher as Nabalan’s five unanswered points punctuated their 14-3 run leading to a score of 67-45.

They would not be threatened the rest of the way.

Nabalan wound up with 15 points and six rebounds to make sure her team her team’s winning streak dating back to 2014 remains intact. They have now won 53 wins in a row.

On the other hand, the Lady Tamaraws suffered a second straight setback to get dragged down to a 2-3 standing. Precious Arellado led them in the losing effort with 15 points.

Meanwhile, University of Sto. Tomas moved into solo second after dispatching Ateneo de Manila University, 71-65.

Jhenn Angeles showed the Tigresses the way to 4-1 by firing nine of her 20 points in the final frame. “Jhenn is playing in her last year and she’s more mature now. She knows how to take care of the ball so I guess she’s my ace,” mentor Haydee Ong said of her prized ward who also had six rebounds and two steals.

Sai Larosa contributed 14 points and nine rebounds for the Espana-based squad’s third consecutive victory.

For the lady Eagles, Jollina Go topped the scoring column with 26 points on top of eight rebounds and three steals. Without much help, however, she saw her team drop back-to-back games and drop to a 2-3 standing.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

NU 71 – Nabalan 15, Itesi 14, Animam 11, Sison 10, Antiquera 8, Harada 7, Del Carmen 2, Ano-os 2, Cacho 2, Camelo 0.

FEU 48 – Arellado 15, Mamaril 9, Gerner 8, Quiapo 4, Taguiam 3, Ouano 3, Bastatas 2, Jumuad 2, Balleser 2, Antiola 0, Okunlola 0, Payado 0, De Guzman 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 23-18, 38-29, 53-42, 71-48.

SECOND GAME

UST 71 – Angeles 20, Larosa 14, Penaflor 9, Anies 8, Rivera 8, Portillo 7, Aujero 2, Magat 2, Jerez 1, Isanan 0, Capilit 0, Gandalla 0.

ATENEO 65 – Go 26, Yam 10, Deacon 10, Villamor 7, Buendia 4, Newsome 4, Cancio 4, Uy De Ong 0, Joson 0, Payac 0, Veloso 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 20-9, 38-28, 51-43, 71-65.

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