UAAP Women's Basketball: FEU Lady Tamaraws snag twice to beat advantage over Adamson
Danine Cruz on Nov 21, 2018 02:24 PM
"Last year kasi Final Four lang kami. Ngayon, nagkaroon pa ng twice-to-beat." - Bert Flores, FEU Lady Tamaraws Head Coach
The Far Eastern University finally got one over the Adamson University after downing the Lady Falcons, 67-63, in a tightly played match Wednesday morning at the Araneta Coliseum.
This is the first time in UAAP Season 81 that the Lady Tamaraws bagged a win over the Lady Falcons after bowing to them twice in the eliminations. The victory gave FEU the second spot and the twice-to-beat advantage.
FEU's tower Clare Castro powered the Lady Tamaraws with 25 points and 16 rebounds, while Valerie Mamaril and Blanche Bahuyan chipped in 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Head coach Bert Flores expressed his delight after surpassing last season's fourth place finish.
"Last year kasi Final Four lang kami. Ngayon, nagkaroon pa ng twice-to-beat," he said.
It was a back-and-forth battle between FEU and Adamson, with the game only being decided in the final minute.
Castro split her freethrows to extend the Tamaraws' lead to 65-63 with 28 ticks left. Adamson grabbed the defensive rebound but Kath Araja's floater for what would have been a game-tying basket was no good.
FEU's Mamaril secured the rebound and rushed down the court, but Adamson's Nathalie Razalo hounded her, which led to an unsportsmanlike foul. Mamaril sunk both the ensuing freethrows to make it 67-63 for the Lady Tamaraws.
After the timeout, the Lady Tamaraws simply ran out the clock to escape with the win and sail into the second seed.
In a losing effort, Adamson's Jamie Alcoy produced 25 points and seven rebounds while Mar Prado added 20 markers and 13 boards. They now settle for the third spot.
"At least yung depensa namin gumana, yung hard work namin lumabas. Tapos lumabas din maturity ni [Valerie] Mamaril at nag-finish strong si [Clare] Castro. Last time kasi, nag-struggle siya nung end game," commended Flores.
Tension-filled moments took place after the final buzzer, as players from both sides exchanged words but were eventually controlled by the officials present in the area.
As per the step-ladder format, the Lady Falcons will take on the fourth seeded team University of Santo Tomas on Sunday, November 25 for a do-or-die match.
The winner of that match will move on to face FEU on Wednesday, November 28.
FEU 67 -- Castro 25, Mamaril 14, Bahuyan 10, Quiapo 7, Antiola 6, Bastatas 3, Taguiam 2, Cidal 0, Payadon 0, Dugay 0, Abat 0.
ADAMSON 63 -- Alcoy 25, Prado 20, Camacho 7, Cacho 5, Araja 4, Razalo 2, Bilbao 0, Rosario 0, Osano 0.
Quarters: 15-17, 34-36, 54-50, 67-63.