Green and Lady Shuttlers mop up ADU, UST in season-opener sweeps

(Photo by Jed Aquino) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Shuttlers were a house on fire in their first game of the UAAP Season 82 after blanking the Adamson University (ADU) Soaring Falcons, 5-0, yesterday morning, September 18, at the Centro Athletico Badminton Court. Later in the afternoon, the Lady Shuttlers also mopped the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses, 5-0.

GREEN SHUTTLERS VS ADU

Team captain Jan-e Mangubat gave La Salle its first won match with a three-set thriller against Elbren Concha. Mangubat trailed in sets, 0-1, after losing the first set, 15-21. He then bounced back in the second set, 21-15, and went on to clinch the match in the third set, 21-10.

Graduating Green Shuttler Andrew Pineda made quick work of Kevin Fabros, 21-13, 21-16, for a commanding 2-0 match lead.

Mangubat and Hanz Bernardo, who were teammates in Ateneo before moving to La Salle, clinched the victory for the Taft-based squad after sweeping Fabros and David Libanan, 21-17, 21-18.

Pineda and rookie Joshua Morada likewise won a tightly-contested second doubles match against Concha and Johnrick Macabenta, 21-18, 22-20.

Bernardo capped the sweep for the Green-and-White with an easy victory over Libanan, 21-13, 21-10.

LADY SHUTTLERS VS UST

Despite missing the services of former Most Valuable Player Nicole Albo, who committed to the upcoming SEA Games, the Lady Shuttlers seemed fine as they started with a bang.

Team captain Iyah Sevilla gave her opponent Elij Pena a hard time to score to open the tie, 21-7, 21-10.

Rookie Mia Manguilimotan defeated Kristeen Geronimo in the second singles match, 21-13, 22-20.

Sevilla partnered with sophomore Shuttler Kanna Baba in the first doubles match. The duo dominated, 21-14, 21-10, as La Salle officially logged the win over UST.

Manguilimotan and fellow rookie Palma Cruz trounced Geronimo and Stephanie Mortera, while Baba sealed the deal with a 21-9, 21-19 decision over Mortera in the third singles match.

The DLSU Green Shuttlers and Lady Shuttlers will continue their quest tomorrow, September 20, at the same venue. The Green Shuttlers will face the UE Red Warriors at 8 AM, while the Lady Shuttlers will meet their archrivals ADMU Lady Eagles at 1 PM.

Gallant Lady Archers stand not enough as FEU escapes in one-point win

(Photo by Karl Dela Cruz) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers received their third loss of the UAAP Season 82 after a comeback fell short against the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws, 66-67, yesterday, September 18, at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

The Morayta-based squad had control almost the entire game. FEU put on an early 14-11 lead and extending it to 31-25 at the end of the first half. The Lady Tamaraws continued to sizzle in the second half. Later on, they built their biggest lead at 11, 66-55, midway through the final frame. But, the Lady Archers were not about to raise the white flag already.

A 6-1 run by La Salle put them behind by only six points, 61-67, with less than two minutes in the game clock. A basket by Kent Pastrana, who sparked the run for the Taft-based squad, then cut it down to four, 63-67, with 38 seconds to go. La Salle closed the gap to just a solitary point, 66-67, on a triple with 22 remaining, forcing the Lady Tamaraws to a timeout. However, a desperation attempt by Bea Dalisay would just not go in as FEU managed to escape.

Pastrana continued her sensational performance, leading her team anew with 18 big points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals. However, the rookie out of Silay City also committed four turnovers and was 0/5 from deep.

Bernice Paraiso and team captain Bennette Revillosa each finished with 13 and 11 markers. The latter contributed eight boards, three swipes, and four rejections.

The DLSU Lady Archers (2-3) seek to return to the win column when they face the ADU Soaring Lady Falcons on Saturday, September 21, at the Ynares Center Antipolo.

Scores:

DLSU (66) – Pastrana 18, Paraiso 13, Revillosa 11, Sario 8, Quingco 7, Camba 4, Dalisay 3, Okoli 2

FEU (67) – Mamaril 21, Antiola 14, Castro 13, Bahuyan 8, Delos Santos 5, Jumuad 3, Abat 2, Quiapo 1

Quarterscores: 11-14, 25-31, 46-54, 66-67