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Lady Bulldogs rout Lady Falcons for 82nd straight win

SEPT. 7, 2019: Jeeuel Bartolo of the NU Lady Bulldogs brings up the ball against the Adamson Lady Falcons. UAAP

National University used a strong second half to survive Mar Prado's 36-point explosion and turn back Adamson, 99-78, Saturday in the UAAP Season 82 Women's Basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Rookie Camille Clarin put up a season-best 23 points, to go with five rebounds and four assists as she led the Lady Bulldogs to their second win this year and extend their win streak to 82 straight games.

Jack Animam also bullied her way in the paint with a double-double of 14 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals, while Monique del Carmen had 12 points and six assists.

Mikka Cacho also did her part with 11 points, Kelli Hayes got 10 points, three boards, and three assists, and Rhena Itesi added eight points and 14 rebounds for NU.

As improved of a performance as it was for the Lady Bulldogs, coach Pat Aquino remains unsatisfied as he believes that his team can still perform better as the season goes.

"I still can see the real potential of the team. It's not just one guy who can make it happen this year, it takes everyone to make things happen and we're getting there," he said. "I know that we started slow again but we're just trying to be more aggressive in the coming games."

NU took time to warm up before opening the floodgates in the third frame, where a 28-point eruption saw it grab a 30-point edge, 71-41, after a Clarin three before ending the quarter up 20, 76-56.

The game, however, wasn't easy, especially with the way Prado played as the Lady Falcon ace went 11-of-23 from the field and 14-of-21 from the charity stripe.

"She played very aggressively and she really wanted to show us that she has it. That's the kind of player that if they really want it, they could do it," said Aquino in awe of Prado. "I'm so proud of her for playing that good, and to coach Ewon (Arayi) for giving her the confidence and making Adamson a well-oiled team."

Rose Ann Dampios contributed 14 points, five boards, and four assists for Adamson in its season opener.

In the second game, University of Santo Tomas hardly broke a sweat and dealt University of the Philippines a 55-point decimation, 103-48, Saturday in the UAAP Season 82 Women's Basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Last season's MVP Grace Irebu uncorked a double-double performance of 23 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks, and two steals as she led the five Golden Tigresses to get to double digits in scoring to kickstart their campaign on a high.

"They say na mahirap to start the season and get the first win, but we're happy to have this one," said coach Haydee Ong as she eyes to improve her side's bronze medal finish last year.

Tantoy Ferrer added 20 points, eight boards, and three steals, while Jeorge Panti chipped in 15 points, three rebounds, and two steals.

Lon Rivera also got 12 points and seven boards, Aly Gonzales had 11 points, as Ruby Portillo just missed out on the scoring party with her eight points and seven rebounds for the Golden Tigresses.

It was an all-out bombardment on the part of UST as it forced UP to 35 turnovers and flipped those to 36 easy points.

The Golden Tigresses also shot 45-percent from the field, as well as dominating the paint, 68 to 26.

Rei Sanchez led the Lady Maroons (0-2) in the defeat with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Mika de Leon and Jona Lebico both had 10 points and six boards each as UP once again continued its four-year-long losing skid with this 32nd straight defeat.

The Scores

First game

NU 99 -- Clarin 23, Animam 14, Del Carmen 12, Cacho 11, Hayes 10, Itesi 8, Pingol 7, Surada 4, Bartolo 4, Fabruada 2, Goto 2, Canuto 1, Cac 1, Harada 0.

ADAMSON 78 -- Prado 36, Dampios 14, Anticamara 9, Ornopia 6, Araja 5, Catulong 4, Mendoza 2, Dumelod 1, Ea. Alaba 1, Bilbao 0, Balane 0, Tandaan 0, Flor 0, Dionela 0, Dela Cruz 0, Ei. Alaba 0.

Quarterscores: 22-19, 48-37, 76-56, 99-78.

Second game

UST 103 -- Irebu 23, Ferrer 20, Panti 15, Rivera 12, Gonzales 11, Portillo 8, Manuel 4, Soriano 3, Gandalla 3, Casiano 2, Callangan 2, Sangalang 0, Javier 0.

UP 48 -- Sanchez 11, De Leon 10, Lebico 10, Ordoveza 7, Pesquera 4, Gusilatar 2, Taulava 2, Hidalgo 2, Rivera 0, Gonzales 0.

Quarterscores: 26-17, 48-30, 76-38, 103-48.