UAAP Women's Basketball: Clare Castro leads FEU to Final Four, NU remains perfect
Danine Cruz on Nov 10, 2018 01:56 PM
Clare Castro led the way for FEU's final four clinching game. (File Photo)
Anchored by Clare Castro's all-around brilliance, the Far Eastern University clinched a Final Four berth after an 80-66 win over the University of the Philippines, Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Lady Tamaraws invested a 12-point lead after the first half but the Lady Maroons tried to fight back. Complacency became an issue by the third quarter for the Lady Tamaraws, but Castro came back and neutralized UP's efforts.
This is FEU's ninth victory in 12 games.
From sitting out early in their last game versus University of the East due to foul trouble, Castro regained her footing this game with 21 points and 10 rebounds. She was supported by Fatima Quiapo with 15 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.
Lady Maroons Lou Ordoveza and Gene Amar produced 15 and 14 points respectively as they drop to their 30th straight loss.
Both squads' next games will be played on November 13 at the Blue Eagle Gym. FEU will take on Adamson University while UP will face National University.
In the second game, the NU Lady Bulldogs remain perfect and are just two games away from another eliminations sweep. They cruised to an 89-59 victory over the UE Lady Warriors.
NU continue to make history as they nab their 76th straight win.
Fourth-year Kaye Pingol scored 17 points, four assists, and seven steals. Ria Nabalan and Jack Animam added 16 and 14 markers respectively.
Lady Warrior Christine Cortizano's 32-point career-high game was put to waste. She also had 10 rebounds.
On November 16 at the Blue Eagle Gym, NU will seek their 13th win this season against UP while UE will face University of Santo Tomas next.
FEU (80) – Castro 21, Quiapo 15, Mamaril 14, Bahuyan 7, Adriano 7, Vidal 6, Taguiam 5, Hortaleza 3, Payadon 2, Bastatas 0, Abat 0, Dugay 0, Antonio 0, Arenas 0, Rebleza 0.
UP (66) – Ordoveza 15, Amar 14, Cruz 12, Gonzales 10, Medina 9, Rodas 4, Larrosa 2, Ferrer 0, Rivera 0, De Guzman 0, Bascon 0, Hidalgo 0, De Leon 0.
Quarterscores: 21-17, 42-31, 60-54, 80-66
NU (89) – Pingol 17, Nabalan 16, Animam 14, Camelo 12, Itesi 11, Cac 5, Cacho 4, Ceno 3, Harada 3, Fabruada 2, Canuto 2, Del Carmen 0, Goto 0, Bartolo 0, Layug 0.
UE (59) – Cortizano 32, Requiron 10, Ganade 8, Pedregosa P. 6, Pedregosa A. 2, Ordas 1, Francisco 0, Nama 0, Borromeo 0, Fernandez 0, Strachan 0, Ebeza 0, Sales 0.
Quarterscores: 28-28, 55-37, 76-45, 89-59.