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UAAP 86 WBB: Dela Rosa’s 28 powers Ateneo past Adamson for second win


Kacey Dela Rosa towed Ateneo de Manila University to a 69-59 drubbing of struggling Adamson University to secure their second straight win in the UAAP Season 86 Women’s Basketball Tournament Sunday at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

Dela Rosa, last season’s Rookie of the Year, delivered an impressive performance with 28 points, 10 rebounds, four steals, and three blocks. She elevated the Blue Eagles’ record to 2-1 in the standings after their 87-80 overtime victory against archrival De La Salle University last Wednesday.

Blue Eagles head coach LA Mumar expressed the importance finally gaining momentum, saying, “It’s a very important (and) crucial game for us. We’re just happy that we were able to continue the momentum after beating La Salle. The girls came in very hungry with a lot of energy to start the game so I’m happy with the win.”

Dela Rosa’s six unanswered points extended Ateneo’s lead to 44-21 with over six minutes remaining in the third quarter, building on their strong start in the first quarter led by Junize Calago and Jhazmin Joson.

In the payoff period, Rose Dampios, Cris Padilla, and Victoria Adeshina collaborated to cut the deficit to 45-55 with over seven minutes left in the game for Adamson. However, Dela Rosa, Aishie Solis, and Calago contributed crucial baskets to secure the victory for Ateneo.

Mumar admitted, “Hindi kasi kami sanay na lamang eh. ‘Yun yung totoo. Hindi yun joke. We’re not used to, if you check the records last season, lahat ng games namin dikit, never na lamang kami. I think it was the immaturity of the girls. Medyo nag-relax. Akala nila tapos na.”

Ateneo’s starters outscored the Lady Falcons 59-27, with Calago adding 13 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

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Jhazmin Joson contributed 12 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, and two steals. Meanwhile, Sarah Makanjuola grabbed 12 rebounds, and Solis chipped in with six points and four rebounds.

Ateneo aims for a third straight win this Wednesday against the University of the East at the Adamson University Gym at 3:00 PM.

Kim Limbago led the Lady Falcons with 16 points and four rebounds, followed by Padilla with 11 points and five assists. Adeshina contributed seven points and seven rebounds, while Dampios recorded six points, five rebounds, and four steals.

Adamson will try to end its three-game losing streak against De La Salle University this Wednesday at 11:00 AM on their home court.


The Scores:

Ateneo (69) – Dela Rosa 28, Calago 13, Joson 12, Solis 6, Makanjuola 4, Angala 3, Villacruz 2, Cancio 1, Nieves 0, Gastador 0, Eufemiano 0, Mataga 0, Fetalvero 0.

ADU (59) – Limbago 16, Padilla 11, Adeshina 7, Alaba 7, Dampios 6, Etang 5, Meniano 4, Bajo 3, Apag 0, Cortez 0, Tano 0, Agojo 0.

Quarterscores: 20-10, 36-21, 50-34, 69-59.

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Lorenzo's a frustrated author who knows a thing or two about Football and Basketball. Went all green from Ortigas to Taft. Supports Liverpool FC, FC Bayern Munich and the Alaska Aces


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