by Antonio Lorenzo Regondola
The University of the Philippines booted out of final four contention after suffering a 71-64 loss to De La Salle University in the second round of the UAAP women’s basketball Sunday the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Lady Maroons now hold a 5-8 card after the loss, which denied them of forcing a possible fourth-place tie with University of Santo Tomas with a 7-5 slate.
“Kinulang e. The effort was there pero sayang,” said UP Head Coach Ramon Garcia.
Forward Ara Abaca led the way for the Lady Archers with a double-double performance, netting 18 points and 10 rebounds. Nicole Garcia added 11 points, while Camille Claro dropped in nine points including two three pointers.
Guard Bea Daez topscored UP as she tallied 15 points and dished out five assists while forward Antonia Wong scored 13 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the losing cause.
UP started the third quarter on a 10-0 run, five of which came from Wong, to take a four point lead, 39-35.
Immediately after, DLSU went on their own 18-5 rampage to end the quarter, with Trisha Piatos sinking a buzzer-beating three to lead 53-45.
The Lady Archers then held on to put away the surging Maroons.
“Let’s just end the season with a win,” Garcia told the Maroons, who will play their last game of the season against UST on Saturday. A victory would be their last tribute to Bernice Furagganan, Karen Salapong, Sheerose Luna, and Katrinne Topacio, who will wear their Maroon jerseys for the last time.
DLSU 71 – Abaca 18, Garcia 11, Claro 9, Vergara 8, Piatos 6, Scott 5, Melendres 4, Corcuera 4, M. Ong 3, A. Ong 3, Revillosa 0, Ramos 0, Oyao 0
UP 64- Daez 15, Wong 13, Luna 12 Tatel 8, Topacio 7, Isip 3, Salapong 2, Furagganan 2, Aliermo 2, Pioquinto 0
Quarter scores: 19-16, 35-29, 53-45, 71-64