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La Salle stops FEU for ninth straight victory

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Camille Claro put on a strong display in the second half to lead the De La Salle University Lady Archers to their ninth straight win in the UAAP Season 78 women’s basketball tournament after drubbing Far Eastern University, 54-43, Sunday at the Blue Eagle Gym.

Claro once again used her topnotch playmaking skills to involve her teammates as she finished with 12 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists to lead the Lady Archers, who have a 9-1 record.

La Salle pulled away from a close contest in the first half, with a 16-8 second quarter thanks to guards Khate Castillo and Katherine Gonzales.

Later in the third period, a basket by Jamie Roxas followed by a split from Snow Penaranda made it 30-18. Yetunde Okunlola answered with back-to-back hits to pull the Lady Tamaraws to 27-33 heading into the final quarter.

Okunlola opened the fourth quarter with another basket inside as FEU threatened, 29-33 but Claro and Ara Abaca combined for 8 in an 11-2 La Salle run which broke the game wide open at 44-31.

The Lady Archers never looked back as they moved to within one win of snatching a berth in the Final Four. The Lady Tamaraws meanwhile sank to 2-8 in the team standings.

Abaca had 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists while Castillo contributed 9 points, all scored in the first half.

The La Salle bench outscored the FEU reserves, 31-16. FEU also struggled from three-point area, missing all 17 attempts.

Precious Arellado had a triple-double, although not the good kind, as she paced FEU with 12 points and 10 rebounds but also committed 10 of FEU’s 26 turnovers.

Clare Castro added 12 points and 6 rebounds while Okunlola had 8 points and 8 boards, but no other Lady Tamaraw scored more than 3.

The Scores:
DLSU (54) – Claro 12, Abaca 10, Castillo 9, Revillosa 7, Roxas 4, Vergara 4, Vela 3, Gonzales 2, Oyao 2, Penaranda 1, Dagdagan 0, Ong 0, Arciga 0.
FEU (43) – Arellado 12, Castro 12, Okunlola 8, Adriano 3, Ballecer 2, Payadon 2, Abat 2, Baldonado 2, Ventura 0, Hortaleza 0, Quiapo 0.
Quarterscores: 11-9, 27-17, 33-27, 54-43.

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