UAAP: Lady Bulldogs win opener, 65th straight game

Danine Cruz on Sep 09, 2018 02:15 PM
UAAP: Lady Bulldogs win opener, 65th straight game
Longtime winners NU Lady Bulldogs get another one to open Season 81 against UST

Perennial champions National University Lady Bulldogs opened their UAAP Season 81 campaign with their 65th straight win, 79-71, at the expense of the University of Santo Tomas, Sunday morning at the Mall of Asia Arena.

However, it did not come easy for the Lady Bulldogs.

After a dominating 17-5 first quarter, the Bulldogs had to endure a second quarter storm by the Tigresses courtesy of veteran guard Loraine Capilit. The run allowed UST within just three points by the end of the first half, 37-34.

But NU immediately came back in the saddle by the third frame and contained UST. Ria Nabalan, Jack Animam, and Rhena Itesi all converged to regain the huge lead.

UST had one last fighting breath by the dying minutes in the fourth canto where they inched within 60-66 with 4:29 left after Capilit drilled from downtown. But Itesi and newbie Kaye Pingol took charge and ultimately sealed the deal for the Bulldogs, 79-71.

Nabalan scored the most with 26 points in a 53-percent shooting clip to complement her seven rebounds and five assists.

Capilit dazzled with 19 points and seven rebounds while Malu Irebu chipped in 12 points, nine rebounds, and three assists

With the victory, National University comes closer to match the historic 73-game winning streak in the UAAP set by the Adamson Softball team. They will strive to do just that as they face Adamson Lady Falcons next on Saturday, September 15 at the Araneta Coliseum. UST will face De La Salle University next on the same day.

Over at the Blue Eagle Gym, Jhazmin Joson led Ateneo with 18 points for a hard-fought season opening victory over neighbors University of the Philippines, 64-60.

On the other hand, Khate Castillo and the rest of the De La Salle University Lady Archers imposed their will on the Adamson University Lady Falcons, 72-57. Castillo powered 21 points.

 

First game:

NU 79 – Nabalan 26, Animam 16, Itesi 11, Pingol 10, Del Carmen 6, Camelo 5, Canuto 3, Ceño 2, Fabruada 0, Cacho 0, Goto 0, Bartolo 0, Harada 0, Layug 0, Cac 0.

UST 71 – Capilit 19, Irebu 12, Portillo 11, Tacatac 9, Rivera 8, Gonzales 4, Ferrer 3, Sangalang 2, Aujero 2, Magat 0.

Quarterscores: 17-5, 37-34, 58-47, 79-71


Second game:

ADMU 64 – Joson 18, Nimes 16, Cancio 9, Go 9, Villamor 6, Buendia 2, Gino-gino 2, Newsome 1, Chu 1, Guytingco 0, Moslares 0.

UP 60 – Amar 12, Cruz 10, Gonzales 9, Ferrer 9, Larrosa 6, Ordoveza 6, Bascon 6, De Leon 2, Medina 0, Rodas 0, De Guzman 0.

Quarterscores: 16-16, 26-27, 42-47, 64-60

 

Third game:

DLSU 72- Castillo A 21, Claro 7, Arciga, Revillosa 6, Quingco 6, Del Campo 6, Binaohan 5, Paraiso 5, Torres 5, Nunez 4, Jimenez 1, Castillo R 0, Espinas 0.

AdU 57 – Alcoy 13, Rosario 10, Osano 9, Prado 7, Razalo 6, Bilbao 2, Camacho 2, Tandaan 2, Cacho 2, Aciro 2, Tacitac 0, Cabuo

Quarterscores: 18-18, 38-31, 53-40, 72-57.

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