UAAP: Nabalan named 1-on-1 queen

Mark Escarlote on Aug 17, 2018 06:51 PM
UAAP: Nabalan named 1-on-1 queen
Ria Nabalan of National University captured the UAAP Season 81 Last Man Standing 1-on-1 Hoops Challenge women's crown.

Ria Nabalan of National University was named the first-ever UAAP Season 81 Last One Standing 1-on-1 Hoops Challenge women's division champion Friday inside the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Lady Bulldog beat Adamson's Nathalia Prado, 8-6, in the Final.

Nabalan came back from a 4-5 deficit with back-to-back treys for an 8-5 lead. Prado scored a basket to close the gap but the Lady Falcon bricked her last two attempts.

Prado advanced to the Final after a hard-fought sudden death, 9-8, win over Jhazmin Joson of Ateneo de Manila University.

The match was tied after the five-minute regulation. Prado took the win by scoring the first basket in the sudden death.

Nabalon took the other championship seat with a 10-8 win over Cristine Cortizano of University of the East.

Prado secured a spot in the semis with a 2-1 card in Pool A, winning over De La Salle U's Rossini Espinas, 4-3 and Elondra Rivera of University of Sto. Tomas, 5-3.

Prado's lone elims loss came at the hands of Nabalan, 4-5.

Nabalan also finished the elims with a 2-1 mark. She defeated Prado and Espinas, 8-6, to bounce back from an opening game 6-8 loss to Rivera.

Joson swept Pool B with victories over University of the Philippines' Noella Cruz, 7-4, University of the East's Cristine Cortizano, 7-5, and Far Eastern U's Princess Jumuad, 8-5.

Cortizano secured the last semis seat after earning superior quotient over Cruz and Jumuad, who were locked in a three-way logjam at 1-2 cards.


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