by Anton Onato
Turbulent De La Salle University leaned on the heroic dyad of Ara Abaca and Alyanna Ong as they trounced the helpless University of the Philippines, 59-39, in the UAAP season 76 Women’s Basketball tournament, Sunday at the San Juan Arena.
Owing to their quick play-making and excellent shooting, Abaca and Ong’s combined 22 points proved to be an advantage as they outplayed UP’s poor shooting of 24.6%.
“Hindi gumana ‘yung shooting namin ngayon, ‘yung tipong kahit libre na bato lang kami ng bato ng bola pero ‘di pumapasok,” said Paticia Tatel, the only Lady Maroon who finished in double digits with 10 points.
Ong immediately fired back-to-back three pointers in the first quarter behind Nicole Garcia’s excellent assists, 9-8.
Forward Sheerose Luna and Tatel started working for the Diliman-based crew scoring most of the team’s points inside the paint but Taft’s Trisha Piatos waxed hot from downtown and scored six points on two treys to close the halftime break at 26-22.
La Sallian center Inna Corcuerra dominated the paint as she scored back-to-back lay-ups before Camille Claro scored a buzzer beater trey, 45-28. The idle Maroons could not find the right rhythm as La Salle toyed on their weak defense leading to a 19-6 scoring spread in the third quarter.
The Lady Maroons’ nightmare continued as they were not able to score in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter. The Lady Archers seized the opportunity as they went berserk scoring second chance points behind Abaca’s superb rebounds, 56-35. Tatel’s bank shot proved futile as Marie Scott did the finishing touch for the Taft ladies, 59-39.
UP’s point guard Bea Daez was a non-factor in this game as she missed all of her nine three-point attempts.
“Hindi talaga maganda ‘yung shooting namin. 24.6% shooting is very low. We need to improve our shooting next time so that we’ll have a higher chance of winning,” said UP Head Coach Ramon Garcia. His squad won only one game in four outings so far.
The Lady Maroons will be seen in action against Far Eastern University on Sunday.
DLSU – Abaca 12, Ong Alyana 10, Piatos, 6, Ong Miller 6, Garcia 6, Corcuera 5, Scott 4, Santos 4, Claro 4, Vergara 1, Ramos 1
UP – Tatel 10, Luna 6, Furaggana 6, Topacio 5, Wong 4, Salapong 4, Isip 4
Quarter Scores: 9-8, 26-22, 45-28, 59-39