Ria Nabalan beast mode at 40 points, lifts NU to 72nd straight win
Danine Cruz on Oct 20, 2018 01:20 PM
Ria Nabalan goes beast mode
With Ria Nabalan going beast mode with a career-high of 40 points, National University notched their 72nd straight win in the UAAP after dominating De La Salle University, 111-64, Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.
To add to her 40 points, Nabalan's all-around brilliance included six rebounds and eight steals.
"Sobrang happy. You know, every [shot] was falling for her and it was once in a lifetime na makakuha siya ng 40 points kaya sobrang saya," expressed head coach Pat Aquino.
Domination was the name of the game as early as the first half with Nabalan and Jack Animam bullying their way to the basket. The Lady Archers struggled to find their shots while the Lady Bulldogs took advantage taking home a 33-point advantage by the half.
Come the third quarter, La Salle may have started making buckets courtesy of Khate Castillo and Kath Nunez, but the cushion established by NU was way too comfortable.
NU's defense frustrated La Salle to one of their lowest productions of the season, making only 29.73-percent of their field goals. Castillo and Nunez tallied 13 points each for La Salle.
With this victory, the Lady Bulldogs are just one game away from matching the league record for the longest winning streak of 73 games set by the Adamson Softball team.
NU, now at 8-0, will see if they can match history on Wednesday as they take on the Adamson Lady Falcons.
"Let's just say, one game at a time. Adamson is the next so we will be ready for Adamson this coming Wednesday. Hopefully we play the same intensity today. We hope we get the tying win," said Aquino.
La Salle with a 5-4 slate will seek for a bounce back win over Far Eastern University on October 27.
In the 8AM game, the University of Santo Tomas bested FEU, 75-68, in a tension-filled match. The victory served the Growling Tigresses the revenge they were looking for after the Lady Tamaraws escaped them in the first round just 14 days ago in a triple overtime thriller.
Malu Irebu and Aurea Larosa teamed up for UST's offense with 19 points each.
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