La Salle lands solo third, UST extends winning streak to 4 in UAAP women’s basketball


Lee Sario de La Salle in the UAAP Season 85 Women’s Basketball Tournament. –PHOTO UAAP

ANTIPOLO — Lee Sario scored a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds to propel La Salle past Adamson, 75-65, for the third solo seed in the UAAP Season 85 Women’s Basketball Tournament Saturday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

Sario led the Lady Archers’ second-half push to finish the first round 5-2, behind unbeaten National University and University of Santo Tomas, who edged University of the Philippines 82 -61, earlier.

Besides Sario, Joehanna Arciga also posted a double-double of 15 points and 12 boards, while Charmine Torres and Fina Tchuido had 11 goals apiece.

La Salle bounced back from a tough loss to NU last Wednesday.

Adamson fell to 2-5 despite efforts from Victoria Adeshina, who overcame a 1-of-9 shooting in the first half to finish with 18 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block.

UST Growling Tigresses in the UAAP Season 85 Women's Basketball Tournament.

UST Growling Tigresses in the UAAP Season 85 Women’s Basketball Tournament. –PHOTO UAAP

Meanwhile, Tacky Tacatac and Nikki Villasin teamed up to extend UST’s winning streak to four after wiping out UP to finish second with a 6-1 record in the first round.

Tacatac unleashed 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists, while Villasin played their best game of the season so far, contributing 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in 19 minutes of action for the Tigresses.

“It’s all down to the hard work of the ladies of course,” UST coach Haydee Ong said. “Working together, relentless defense throughout the first round, I think got us to where we are now in the standings at 6-1.”

“Now that we are 6-1 up, I think we are in a better position now to get into the Final Four but of course we have to work hard again in the second round because the teams are watching everyone else, Tacatac and Villasin. They know they are the shooters of the team so hopefully in the second round we do better than in the first,” she added.

Eka Soriano contributed 15 points, five steals and four assists, while Brigette Santos added 10 points and eight rebounds.

UST dominated UP from the start with a 21-6 gap on Joylyn Pangilinan’s triple early in the first quarter. Soriano capped the burst with 21 points, 82-61, after scoring a scorer in the final 2:16.

UP fell to 3-4 in fifth place as Kaye Pesquera finished with 18 points, while Stiffany Larrosa added 13.

The sheet music:

First game:

UST 82 — Tacatac 19, Villasin 16, Soriano 15, Santos 10, Pangilinan 7, Bron 5, Ambos 4, Villapando 4, Dionisio 2, Serrano 0, Araza 0.

UP 61 — Pesquera 18, Larrosa 13, Bariquit 8, Tapawan 8, Domingo 5, Maw 3, Sanchez 2, Lozada 2, Gonzales 2, Jimenez 0, Sauz 0, Rivera 0, Vingno 0.

Quarters: 28-13, 43-28, 62-49, 82-61.

Second game:

LA SALLE 75 — Sario 26, Arciga 15, Torres 11, Niantcho 11, Jimenez 5, Dalisay 3, Ahmed 2, Espinas 2, De La Paz 0, Binaohan 0.
ADAMSON 65—Adeshina 18, Dampios 16, Aa. Alaba 12, Padille 6, Ai. Alaba 4, Agojo 3, Flor 2, Meniano 2, Etang 2, Catulong 0, Ornopia 0, Carcallas 0, Tano 0, De La Cruz 0.

Quarters: 18-17, 39-31, 56-47, 75-65.


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