PCL: UP, Perlas Pilipinas ballers overcome PUP, RTU A

JR Isaga
Philippine Collegiate League women's basketball continues as University of the Philippines and Blackwater Perlas Pilipinas earn wins at RTU

COURT OF THEIR OWN. RTU-A's Rogelyn Inoferio surveys the court. She had a team-high 11 points in a blowout loss to Blackwater Perlas Pilipinas. Photo by Michael Abuel/PCL

MANILA, Philippines – The University of the Philippines and Blackwater Perlas Pilipinas dominated their respective opponents on the second day of the Philippine Collegiate League held at the Rizal Technological University Gymnasium on Friday, June 24.

In the first game, UP easily handled the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, 72-56. UP dominated PUP with superior ball-movement and defense, leading PUP in both assists (13-6) and steals (20-10). Four players scored in double figures for the Lady Maroons compared to only one from PUP.

The second game featured an exhibition match between Blackwater (the Philippine Women’s Basketball National Team) and RTU Team A, as the National Team annihilated the Thunders by 48 points, 97-49. RTU cut the early Blackwater lead down to 8, 25-17 in the second quarter, but the National Team did not go easy on the home team and proved to be too skilled down the stretch, displaying a mastery in ball-movement, post-ups and 3-point shooting amid a silenced crowd.

Blackwater vs RTU-A tips off on Friday. Photo by Michael Abuel/PCL

PCL founder Merenciana Arayi suited up in this game, tallying two points, 4 rebounds, two assists and two steals in just a few minutes of action. Raiza Palmera-Dy had a game-high 18 points to lead Blackwater’s balanced attack.

There will be 3 games on Sunday, June 26, at the same venue. Centro Escolar University will face RTU-A at 8 AM, UP will square off against RTU-B at 9:40 am, and PUP will battle De La Salle University at 10:45 am. – Rappler.com