University of Santo Tomas had it in the bag, before University of the East decided to take it away from them in the last moment.
Eunique Chan and Chery Ano-os joined hands to steer the Lady Warriors to a mighty fourth quarter comeback before Ruthlaine Tacula took charge in overtime as the Recto side stunned the Tigresses 75-65 Sunday in the UAAP Season 78 women’s basketball tournament at the Blue Eagle Gym.
Tacula opened fire in overtime, nailing back to back triples as she scored the first 8 points, giving UE a 72-64 advantage. The Tigresses then struggled to convert anything from the field as they succumbed in the extension.
Chan powered the Lady Warriors with a huge double-double performance consisting of 21 points and 13 rebounds, shooting 7-for-10 from the floor and 6-for-8 from the free throw line.
Tacula added 17 points while Ano-os once again had an all-around effort of 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists.
UST took a 52-49 lead in the fourth quarter until UE stepped up defensively, clogging the lanes to go on a 12-2 run, taking a 61-54 lead.
Candice Magdaluyo ended the dry spell after hitting a trey, before back to back hits by Jhenn Angeles in between a Misaela Larosa field goal knotted the count at 64-all with 32.4 seconds left in regulation.
The Tigresses had a chance to win it after Chan lost control of the leather with only 23 seconds to go, but Angeles turned the ball over too in the ensuing play.
Fortunately for UST, Ano-os and Glozelle Bale misfired at the waning moments as game headed to extension.
Cortes led the Espana crew with 12 points and 11 boards although she went 5-for-15 from the floor. Angeles had 8 markers but struggled at 3-for-17, and also committed 6 turnovers.
UE (75) – Chan 21, Tacula 8, Ano-os 13, Sto. Domingo 8, Mendina 6, Taguiam 3, Bale 3, Francisco 2, Ramos 2.
UST (65) – Cortes 12, Angeles 8, Larosa 8, Isanan 8, Anies 8, Felisarta 7, Magdaluyo 5, Jerez 4, Pernia 3, Penaflor 2, Brillante 0, Portillo 0, Capilit 0, Gandalla 0, Rivera 0.
Quarterscores: 13-11, 19-28, 44-45, 64-64, 75-65.
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