Sat. Dec 3rd, 2022

La Salle celebrates at the last bell. —PHOTOS COURTESY

One hundred and eight times before, competitors tried and failed – some miserably.

Wednesday took an extra five minutes, but La Salle finally got it right.

The Lady Archers handed the National U’s (NU) untouchable Lady Bulldogs their first defeat in nine seasons and a record 108 games, with a 61-57 pulsating win at the UAAP Season 85 women’s basketball tournament at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) . ) Four Centenary Pavilion.

“To beat a great team, you need great players, perfect rotation,” said La Salle coach Cholo Villanueva. “My daughters wanted more. They’re getting all the credit today.”

“It was the second time they sang their graduation school song for the first time. [in a game against NU] How many years later,” Villanueva added, referring to the UAAP tradition of the winning team singing the school hymn aloud after the losing team sang their own song, something the Lady Bulldogs have been doing since 2014. “This is a huge success for La Salle. And of course, a big success for our women’s basketball program … to stop this streak.

“[B]But we want one more success. We want to win the championship.”

Fina Tchuido helped Lady Archers’ historic victory with 14 points and 19 rebounds in 42 minutes.

“[M]”Because of my mentality in the last quarter, I just wanted to win the game,” said Tchuido.

broken game

With 10.5 seconds into the payback period, La Salle had a 49-46 lead after Lee Sario’s split free throws, but Mikka Cacho saved a trio in a broken game to add another five minutes to the Lady Bulldogs’ unmatched winning streak. .

But Lady Archers never hesitated in overtime as Sario sank three times and then Charmine Torres fired two free throws for a 57-52 breather.

Eighty-three seconds later, the bell blew, initiating a scene that seems to have been omitted from UAAP info: La Salle were also the last team to beat NU 69-61 in Game 3 on October 5, 2013. Season 76 finals.

As of 2014, the Lady Bulldogs did not lose a game until they faced Lady Archers, who, after being shelved for nine seasons, dusted off a Final Four format that collected spider webs on the women’s side.

La Salle’s Green Archers weren’t all that bad, keeping their own Final Four hopes alive on the men’s side.

“We agreed and agreed that the last five games will kick off our season,” La Salle coach Derrick Pumaren said after defeating the NU Bulldogs 63-58.

“For us, this is the third game of the season. we don’t think [that] 3-6 [record] now,” said Pumaren, referring to his team’s first nine games.

Winston is back, briefly

Penny Estacio stepped out of the shadows in the crucial third quarter, when La Salle took control, scoring all 13 points and even outpacing the entire NU team.

“We needed this win because we aim to be in the Final Four. “I didn’t push, my shots just went in,” said Estacio, who bravely stuffed the shoes of high-scoring Schonny Winston, who set out for La Salle for the first time and continued to breastfeed a nervous calf.

Winston finally made it to the ground after playing in the last four games, but he was on the ground for only four seconds and was promptly sent back to the bench.

La Salle’s sixth win in 12 rounds kept him at number 4.

Defending champion University of the Philippines defeated the UST Tigers 78-60 in the Final Four after taking their 11th win, then at least making a playoff twice in the Final Four.

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