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La Salle cruise past Adamson, secure twice-to-beat advantage



The De La Salle University solidified a twice-to-beat incentive in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 78 women’s basketball tournament after another masterful display, this time against Adamson University, for a 78-62 win Wednesday at the Blue Eagle Gym.

The Lady Archers quickly erased a 5-11 deficit after shifting to high gear and going on a 21-3 run to hold a 26-14 lead late in the first quarter.

Ara Abaca, Camille Claro, and Khate Castillo each converted three-pointers during the ferocious run.

In the third quarter, Princess Cochico and Jonalyn Lacson pulled the Lady Falcons to narrow it to 41-46, but an 11-0 response by La Salle from the exploits of Marga Dagdagan and Abaca restored a double-digit lead for the Taft side, 57-41.

La Salle were never threatened from that point, cruising through the fourth period to earn its 10th victory in 11 outings.

The win gives La Salle a twice-to-beat edge heading into the Final Four. Adamson dropped to 3-8, losing eight straight matches.

Castillo led four La Salle players in double-digits with 12 points and added 6 assists. The Lady Archers shot 36.8 from three-point area and assisted 18 of 27 field goal makes.

La Salle had a 49-29 lead in rebounding and transition once again, holding a 24-8 fastbreak points lead.

Lacson led the Lady Falcons with 17 points while Cochico chipped in 13 markers.


La Salle (78) – Castillo 12, Claro 11, Ong 11, Dagdagan 11, Penaranda 7, Revillosa 7, Roxas 7, Gonzales 5, Abaca 4, Vergara 2, Vela 1, Figueroa 0, Pineda 0, Malarde 0.

AdU (62) – Lacson 17, Cochico 13, Alcoy 7, Pingol 6, Tabanao 5, Diaz 3, Camacho 3, Ido 2, Generoso 2, Osano 2, Aciro 2, Tacitac 0, Araja 0, Ramillano 0, Escalante 0.

Quarterscores: 26-18, 46-32, 64-50, 78-62.

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