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NU Lady Bulldogs near 7th straight UAAP crown
NU Lady Bulldogs near 7th straight UAAP crown

ALL OUT. NU and La Salle players scramble for the loose ball in Game 1 action.


The NU Lady Bulldogs dump the La Salle Lady Archers by 32 points to move within a win of another UAAP women’s basketball championship

MANILA, Philippines –  National University showed again that it’s very much comfortable in the big stage. 

NU moved within a win of another crown after exacting vengeance on the La Salle Lady Archers – the school that ended the Lady Bulldogs’ 108-game winning streak – scoring a 93-61 victory to take Game 1 of the UAAP Season 85 women’s basketball finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, December 7.

The Lady Bulldogs will go for their seventh straight championship in Game 2 of the best-of-three series on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“It’s a short series so our mindset is to get the first one. Their (Lady Bulldogs) energy, their focus, the way they moved the ball today was truly awesome,” said NU head coach Aris Dimaunahan.

The Lady Archers kept in step with the Lady Bulldogs for the first seven minutes of the game, trailing by just one, 14-15.

And then NU went to Annick Edimo Tiky, Rhocel Bartolo, Mikka Cacho, and Tin Cayabyab to unleash a huge close to the opening salvo before a big second quarter to enter the break ahead by 14, 46-32.

The defending champions then continued their domination in the third, making five three-pointers capped by Jayda Villareal’s conversion with six seconds left to establish a commanding 22-point lead, 69-47.

NU’s hot hands from deep bridged to the payoff period as Villareal and Cacho made one apiece while Pring Fabruada chipped in 2 points to erect a 30-point advantage with 7:37 left on the clock, 77-47.

“Our mentality is to play this game the right way. Talking about our three-pointers today it was a huge factor to have a huge distance against La Salle,” noted Dimaunahan, whose team made 13 treys compared to La Salle’s 2 conversions.

Cacho was 5-of-7 from the field to finish with 16 points to go with 4 rebounds and 3 assists, while Bartolo had 12 points.

Angel Surada chalked up 10 points and 7 rebounds as 13 of the 16 Lady Bulldogs fielded scored at least 3 points.

Fina Niantcho Tchuido paced the Green Archers with 18 points and 15 rebounds, while Ameng Torres had 14 points and 5 rebounds against 5 turnovers.

NU took the first round encounter last October 19, 93-72, before La Salle pulled off the upsets of upsets with a 61-57 overtime win in the second round on November 23 to halt the former’s historic streak.

The Scores

NU 93 – Cacho 16, Bartolo 12, Surada 10, Clarin 8, Edimo Tiky 8, Cayabyab 7, Pingol 6, Villareal 6, Betanio 5, Solis 5, Fabruada 4, Canuto 3, Dimaunahan 3, Ico 0. Barroquillo 0, Talas 0.

La Salle 61 – Niantcho Tchuido 18, Torres 14, Binaohan 11, Sario 9, De La Paz 4, Jimenez 2, Ahmed 2, Arciga 1, Dalisay 0, Castillo 0, Camba 0.

Quarters: 24-15, 46-32, 69-47, 93-61.


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