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Ano-os sparks Lady Warriors in big upset of struggling Lady Tams

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It’s starting to become a trend.

The University of the East once again took down another favored group after it dominated winless Far Eastern University, 54-38 Sunday in the UAAP Season 78 women’s basketball tournament at the Blue Eagle Gym.

Playmaker Cherry Ano-os waxed hot in the early goings, scoring 10 points in the first quarter alone including two threes as the Lady Warriors opened the match on a relentless 18-3 run.

The Recto crew once again went on a zone to deny the Lady Tamaraws of getting the ball inside the paint, while also exposing FEU’s lack of shot-creators.

Clare Castro’s injury made matters worse as she was taken out of the game early in the second quarter after rolling her right ankle. She would receive treatment but never return for the Lady Tamaraws.

The lead ballooned to 26-4 in the second period after an 8-0 run highlighted by inside baskets from LoveJoy Sto. Domingo and Eunique Chan.

FEU then finally showed semblance of rhythm as Elaisa Adriano scored on back to back hits to make it 29-11 entering the half.

UE took command from that point, never letting their opponents to chip in nor build momentum as they maintained a huge double-digit spread throughout the second half.

Ano-os led the Lady Warriors with 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists while Chan flexed her muscles underneath the rim as she contributed 13 points and 8 rebounds, including 7-for-10 from the free-throw area.

Sto. Domingo meanwhile, hauled down a game-high 16 boards, as the 2-2 UE squad outrebounded FEU (0-4), 45-37 including 14-7 in the offensive glass.

The Lady Warriors scored 10 more second chance points than the Lady Tamaraws and also had more inside points, 32-20.

Scores:

UE (54) – Ano-os 15, Chan 13, Tacula 13, Taguiam 7, Sto. Domingo 6, Francisco 2, Nama 0, Ramos 0, Mendina 0, Antonio 0, Gayacao 0.

FEU (38) – Adriano 11, Arellado 9, Okunlola 5, Mamaril 4, Quiapo 4, Ventura 3, Ballecer 2, Castro 0, Payadon 0, Gerner 0, Abat 0, Hortaleza 0, Baldonado 0, Capua 0.

Quarterscores: 18-3, 29-11, 42-22, 54-38.

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