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Tacatac tallies nine steals as UST pounds UP for playoff berth

University of Santo Tomas pulled University of the Philippines down from cloud nine with a harsh, 72-40 reality check in the UAAP Season 82 Women’s Basketball Tournament, Wednesday at the Quadricentennial Pavilion. 

Tacky Tacatac instigated the whipping, tallying 15 points and a season-high nine steals to steer the Growling Tigresses to their seventh straight win.

“Wala talagang shortcut for the program. At least ‘yung mga naiwan for the last three years, na-adopt na ‘yung sistema namin sa opensa at depensa,” said UST head coach Haydee Ong as UST has clinched a playoff spot.

The Growling Tigresses limited the Lady Maroons to three single-digit quarters — eight in the first, nine in the second, and seven in the third. UP — which is coming off its first win in three years — shot just 28-percent from the field.

“Right now, sa stretch ng second round, siguro we are sixty to seventy-percent sa goal form namin,” Ong added, as they take on National University on Saturday.

UST led by as much as 44 points in the game, 72-26, after a Tantoy Ferrer triple with 6:46 left.

Leading MVP candidate Grace Irebu only played 19 minutes in the game, finishing with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field with eight rebounds and two blocks. Ferrer added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Pesky Pesquera was the sole double-digit scorer for UP, finishing with 14 points and nine rebounds. However, the graduating Lady Maroon was forced to commit nine errors.

UP dropped to 1-9 in the standings.

The Scores:

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UST 72 Irebu 15, Tacatac 15, Ferrer 10, Panti 8, Rivera 8, Soriano 6, Portillo 3, Gandalla 2, Manual 2, Sangalang 2, Callangan 1, Casiano 0, Gonzales 0, Javier 0.

UP 40 – Pesquera 14, Gusilatar 9, Ordoveza 6, Rivera 4, Gonzales 2, Larrosa 2, Lucman 2, De Leon 1, Hidalgo 0, Lebico 0, Sanchez 0, Taulava 0.

Quarterscores: 18-8, 38-17, 58-24, 72-40.

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