The University of the Philippines Lady Maroons failed to notch their first win against the Adamson Lady Falcons, 66-61, in the UAAP Season 79 opener at the Araneta Coliseum, Sunday, Sept. 4.
The Lady Maroons had a fiery start in the fourth quarter mounting an 11-0 run to snatch away the lead from the Lady Falcons, 50-48.
AdU benchwarmer Kaye Pingol ignited their comeback by firing from the perimeter followed by Nathalia Prado and Myra Osano’s back to back shots to give them a five-point breather, 60-55.
UP’s leading scorer, Pesqui Pesquera delivered treys to cut the lead down to one, 62-61, but Pingol quickly answered to extend the lead at 64-61.
The back-to-back turnovers of the Diliman-based squad haunted them in the final seconds of the last quarter to help the Lady Falcons take their first win.
“We had low energy most of the game and it is maybe because of our first game jitters. We were able to revive our game in the third but we committed too many turnovers,” Pesquera, who delivered 19 points and 11 rebounds, said in Filipino.
Maan Wong carried the Lady Maroons in the third quarter unleashing nine of her 14 points in an 11-0 run to bring her team closer, 44-37.
Yet, the combined effort of Pesquera and Wong was not enough compare to the three double-digit scorers of Adamson – Pingol, Jamie Alcoy, Jonalyn Lacson, who scored 12, 11, and 10 points, respectively.
UP was able to get close at 20-26 in the second when Prado was forced to sit down after injuring her nose in a collision. But AdU was able to regain their composure to generate a 2-10 run and to stretch the lead at a high of 14, 22-36.
Adamson’s head coach Mike Fermin was delighted with the composure of his team during the game which is vital as they aim for a final four spot.
“Well, we’re aiming for that top four. Doon lang kami muna, and from there trabahuhin namin ulit. We will [win] one game at a time,” he said.
Hoping to bounce back, the Lady Maroons will next face De La Salle University Lady Archers on Sept. 10, Saturday, at the Araneta Coliseum
AdU (66) – Pingol 12, Alcoy 11, Lacson 10, Prado 7, Araja 5, Aciro 4, Osano 3, Razalo 3, Cacho 3, Tacitac 2, Dampios 2, Camacho 2, Rosario 2.
UP (61) – Pesquera 19, Wong 14, Aliermo 7, Esplana 6, Bautista 5, Medina 4, Ordoveza 2, Cruz 2, Lapid 2.
Quarterscores: 18-10, 36-26, 48-39, 66-61