The Centro Escolar University (CEU) Scorpions trounced the Philippine Women’s University (PWU) Patriots, 68-35, in Game 1 of the Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA) Season 47 seniors’ basketball finals at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Malate, Manila on Sunday.
The Scorpions ignited a 9-0 run in the opening minutes of the match with Sthefanie Ventura and Divine Lacson scoring in the paint, Cristine Caranto sinking both her free throws off Dian Margarette Aure’s foul, and Mary Ann Doloque notching a three-pointer.
Charlene Camba broke the silence for PWU after driving to the basket with 4:45 minute remaining in first quarter, 9-2.
CEU’s Demi Lou Villanueva hit another trey in the 1:14 minute mark, 18-5. Rica De Jesus closed the frame with a basket in the paint, 18-7.
The Patriots cut the lead to 10 after De Jesus banked a basket beyond the arc with 5:53 minutes left in the first half, 22-12. But Doloque answered back with another three-pointer, 25-12.
Sustaining their momentum, the Scorpions did not look back as Opeyemi Mercy Lawan scored inside the paint to close the third period and extend their advantage to 30, 48-18.
PWU completed a 5-0 run, coming from Mary Rose Labrador’s three-pointer and basket in the paint in the 8:08 minute mark of the last canto, 50-25.
With the Scorpions drawing the fifth team foul in the last minute of the match, Patriot Brianne Mae Medora sank both her free throws, 68-35.
“Their game went well. They have done what we trained every day, especially our preparation in placing and defense. That’s why we had the good outcome but we still have several adjustments especially their turnovers. We have to address that in our training,” said CEU head coach Jay Cambarihan.
Caranto top scored CEU with 14 points, while Doloque added 13 more markers. Lawan and Ventura combined for 21 points. Camba and Labrador paced PWU with 10 makers apiece.
“The one who stepped up, I think, was Ventura. She had a good game because of her defense and her offense as well, her points. I think she is the best player for this game,” Cambarihan added.
In Game 1 of the juniors’ finals, the Chiang Kai Shek College (CKSC) Junior Lady Blue Dragons upset the De La Salle Santiago Zobel School (DLSZ) Junior Lady Archers, 59-46.
Meanwhile, the La Salle Midget Lady Archers beat the St. Paul College Pasig Paulinians, 42-39, in the midget finals.