by Anton Onato
Photos by Anjon Galauran
Defending champions Far Eastern University banked on the steady performance of forward Camille Sambile as they mauled the paralyzed University of the Philippines, 68-31, in the first round of the UAAP Women’s Basketball Tournament Sunday at the San Juan Arena.
Sambile starred the game with an all-around performance scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block propelling the Tams to another victory to remain unscathed in five outings.
FEU guard Jack Tanaman started hot as she converted two treys off Sambile’s assist, 16-3. UP forward Antonia Wong responded with a shot in the paint but proved futile as the Tamaraws mounted an 18-2 run behind Sambile’s excellent outside shooting, 32-10.
The Maroons tried to trim the lead behind center Marie Aliermo’s back-to-back markers, 45-20, but the Tams quickly shattered all hopes as they made another run on Vangie Soriano’s two triples, 54-22.
Looking upset, the Maroons could not get their groove back as they succumbed to the Tams’ stone-wall defense and remained scoreless in the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter. FEU continued with their monster play as they scored 10 second chance points on the same stretch.
“Malaki ang naging problema namin against FEU. All the players were very eager and tight to play but wasn’t able to convert points,” said UP Head Coach Ramon Garcia.
The Maroons expect to bounce back big as they tangle with cellar-dwelling Ateneo de Manila University on July 28, 12nn, at the San Juan Arena.
FEU- Sambile 22, Tanaman 9, Albano 8, Siat 7, Soriano 5, Gesalan 4, Gabriel 4, Castro 4, Lozano, 3, Valenzona 2
UP – Aliermo 6, Luna 5, Furagganan 5, Wong 4, Salapong 3, Isip 3, Daez 3, Topacio 2
Quarter Scores: 18-3, 32-10, 54-22, 68-31