The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers banked on its 24-point lead in the third quarter, to beat the Adamson University (AdU) Lady Falcons, 69-61, in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Saturday.
Both teams started slow in the first quarter but La Salle took the lead with Camille Claro and Khate Castillo scoring five points apiece, 16-11.
With 3:38 minutes remaining in the first half, La Salle and Adamson reached a deadlock at 26-all, but the Lady Archers broke the tie after completing an 8-0 run, 34-26.
Lady Archer Snow Peñaranda scored a basket in the 7:32-minute mark of the third frame, 42-27. Marga Dagdagan then hit a trey a minute after, 45-27. Claro, Castillo, and Dagdagan banked three consecutive shots midway through the period, 51-47.
“We’re not the same team from last year. We’re not an Ara Abaca-driven team. There’s no Snow Peñaranda team. All five girls have their roles. Whoever’s open, you need to give the extra pass and whoever’s given that pass, you need to make a shot so we need the five guys in the game to make a point and to play team defense also,” said La Salle head coach Cholo Villanueva.
To stop the bleeding for Adamson, Jamie Alcoy and Myra Osano drained back-to-back three pointers with four minutes remaining, 51-33. April Cabug then drove to the basket in the 1:52-minute mark, 57-36.
But Chay Vergara closed the third quarter with another basket for La Salle, extending her team’s advantage to 24 points, 60-36.
“Our intensity wavered especially in the fourth quarter so I told the girls to be consistent all throughout the game,” Villanueva added.
Adamson’s Jo Razalo hit a layup in the 8:07-minute mark of the last canto, 62-41. However, Alcoy received a costly technical foul for delaying the game twice.
The Lady Falcons ignited a 7-0 blitz with the efforts of Rose Dampios and Rose Rosario to cut the lead to 13, 67-54. Mariz Cacho added five more points for Adamson with 33.4 second remaining in the match, 69-61.
Claro led La Salle with 14 points, followed by Jamie Roxas and Peñaranda with 12 and 10 markers, respectively. Alcoy and Rosario paced Adamson with nine points apiece.
Villanueva reserved good words for Claro and Roxas. “They were more efficient and I think with regards to playing time, they had less playing time but they were more efficient on the court. Camille wasn’t courting anything so she wasn’t turning the ball over and then Jamie was just improving in her position.”
The Lady Archers outrebounded the Lady Falcons, 58 to 41. Despite the win, La Salle collected more turnovers, 44 to 41.
“We committed too many turnovers. We put emphasis during our practices to take care of the ball. It just so happened that La Salle pressured us well. Turnovers really killed us,” said Adamson head coach Mike Fermin.
The University of the East (UE) Lady Warriors cruised past the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles, 60-50, clinching its fourth victory this the season.
The Lady Warriors limited the Lady Eagles to only 20 baskets out of 60 attempts. But Ateneo notched more treys, five out 17, compared to UE’s one out of 15.
Love Sto. Domingo topscored UE with 18 points and nine rebounds, followed by Eunique Chan and Ruthlaine Tacula with 12 and 11, respectively. Jollina Go and Hazelle Yam contributed 13 markers apiece for Ateneo.
The Ateneo Lady Eagles will face the University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons at 8:00 a.m., while the La Salle Lady Archers will battle the UE Lady Warriors for the second spot at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the same venue.