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

Lady Archers return to win column with blowout victory over Lady Red Warriors

(Photo by Trinity Matias) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers ended their losing skid after a strong showing against the University of the East (UE) Lady Red Warriors, 91-58, earlier today, September 14, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Coming off a crushing defeat at the hands of the Lady Bulldogs the previous game, the Lady Archers swung for the fences in this match. Right from the starting tip, the Green-and-White blasted UE. A basket coming from Benette Revillosa opened up the scoresheet for DLSU. The points continued to pile up for the green shirts as they buried the Lady Warriors in a 15-point deficit. The barrage was capped by a three from Vea Malarde to make it 15-0 in the first three minutes of the game. UE tried to regain their footing but were unable to stop the hot start of DLSU. Despite the buzzer-beater make, they found themselves in a 10-point hole, 16-26.

The Lady Archers continued to showcase their offensive chops in the second frame while the Lady Warriors continued to struggle. The lead ballooned to 16, 45-29, coming into the break. From then on, the outcome of this match was never really in doubt. With them in the driver’s seat, the Lady Archers stepped on the pedal and never looked back, making quick work of UE to end the match on a blowout, 91-58.

Spearheading the scoring department for DLSU for the third time in four outings was rookie Kent Pastrana, who finished with 20 points on 3/6 shooting from downtown. The super rookie received help from her teammates as well, with Malarde, Quingco, and Revillosa adding 15, 14, and 12, respectively.

DLSU (91) – Pastrana 20, Malarde 15, Quingco 14, Revillosa 7, Sario 7, Okoli 6, Torres 6, Dalisay 4, Paraiso 4, Castillo 3

UE (58) – Cortizano 15, Pedregosa 13, Ganade 10, Ordas 7, Terrinal 5, Caraig 4, Cuadero 4

Quarterscores: 26-16, 45-29, 67-47, 91-58

Support the DLSU Lady Archers (2-2) as they try to go for their first consecutive wins in their match against the FEU Lady Tamaraws at the UST Quadricentennial Pavillion on Wednesday, September 18, at 10 AM.

Lady Archers digest back-to-back losses with 54-point whipping from Lady Bulldogs

(Photo by Karl Dela Cruz) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers absorbed their second straight loss of the UAAP Season 82 after bowing down to the defending champions National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs, 58-112, yesterday, September 11, at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

Veteran Chuchi Paraiso paced the team with 14 points, four rebounds, and two assists in the losing effort. Rookie Kent Pastrana continued her splendid performance with an all-around game of 12 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

Right from the get go, the Lady Bulldogs showed why they are the defending champions of the tournament. Pringle Fabruada nailed a basket that ignited a 5-0 start for the Lady Bulldogs. A basket by Angel Quingco from Paraiso put the Lady Archers on the scoreboard. But, with 5:42 remaining in the first quarter, head coach Cholo Villanueva was forced to call a timeout as their deficit increased to 10 points, 7-17. The Green-and-White continued to struggle getting buckets as the Blue-and-Gold, on the other hand, widened the gap to 16, 9-25. At the end of the opening period, the Lady Archers trailed the Lady Bulldogs, 9-29.

La Salle found no opportunity in the second quarter either as the Lady Bulldogs fought back with rebounds and a barrage of three-pointers, allowing the Lady Archers only one point until the 5:08 mark. The Taft-based squad slowly found rhythm in the remainder of the half, as veterans Charmaine Torres and Bettina Binaohan paced the team. Pastrana knocked down a badly-needed triple 1:01 remaining in the half, but her team was already looking up to a 35-point mountain, 27-62, to climb.

It was a slow start for both teams in the third quarter as La Salle locked down NU for almost five minutes. The Lady Archers capitalized with consecutive baskets as they aimed to trim NU’s lead. At the end of the quarter, the Jhocson-based squad was limited to only eight points. However, their cushion was just still too big for the Taft-based squad, who remained behind, 43-70.

The Lady Archers managed to bring themselves back to as much as within 24, 46-70. But a 12-2 run by the Lady Bulldogs restored a 34 lead. The defending champions pushed the tempo even further as they hit the century mark with three minutes remaining in the game. La Salle could only stare at a 50-point deficit as they absorbed their second loss.

The DLSU Lady Archers (1-2) will try to arrest their two-game skid as they go against the UE Lady Red Warriors on Saturday, September 14, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Scores:

DLSU (58) – Paraiso 14, Pastrana 12, Revillosa 8, Binaohan 7, Quingco 6, Torres 3, Sario 3, Castillo 3, Okoli 2

NU (112) – Itesi 20, Clarin 19, Animam 18, Pingol 14, Hayes 11, Cac 9, Supada 4, Canuto 4, Cacho 4, Bartolo 3, Harada 2, Fabruada 2, Del Carmen 2

Quarterscores: 9-29, 27-62, 43-70, 58-112

Lady Archers succumb to Ateneo as Okoli double-double goes for naught

(Co-written by Genrev Villamin) (Photo by Flavius Dulce) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers suffered their first loss of the UAAP Season 82 in a tight ending against the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles, 90-92, yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Maureen Okoli posted a huge double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds, while Kent Pastrana continued her remarkable performance with 21 points, four rebounds, and five steals. Lee Sario added 15 points for the Lady Archers in the losing cause.

Ateneo stepped on the pedal at the onset of the game. They took an early 3-2 lead with a triple from Alyssa Villamor, before blowing it to 20-12 at the 5:49 mark of the opening period courtesy of a Kat Guytingco basket. From thereon, La Salle unleashed an 18-6 run including an initial 8-0 run to tie it at 20-all. The first quarter finished with the Lady Archers on top, 30-26.

The Green-and-White extended their biggest lead to seven, 36-29, after Rossini Espinas buried a triple off a dish by Angel Quingco with 7:41 to go at the first half. A basket by Bernice Paraiso pushed the game to its first double-digit spread, 42-31. Ateneo finished the half with four unanswered points as the Lady Archers settled for a seven-point advantage, 52-45.

The Blue-and-White strung five more points to start the third quarter to bring themselves to within two, 50-52, with 7:15 remaining. A bucket by Okoli made it another two-possession cushion for her team, but the Taft-based squad surrendered their lead after Villamor connected back-to-back treys to give the Katipunan-based squad a 58-54 lead. The Lady Archers were held scoreless from the 7:02 mark of the third quarter up to the 3:27 mark. A long-distance shot by Mel Newsome gave the Lady Eagles their first double-digit lead at 71-60. They pushed it to 14 as La Salle ended the third trailing, 63-77.

At the final period, it was a catchup game to be played by the Lady Archers. They chopped their deficit to only single digits, 75-84, at the 5:25 mark via a Pastrana two-pointer. With less than four minutes remaining in the game, the Lady Eagles seemed to have kept their opponents at bay, relaxing on an 89-80 lead. However, the Green-and-White would not back down as an Espinas basket started a comeback for her team. La Salle’s defense forced six turnovers and two missed baskets from Ateneo in the last three minutes. Team captain Bennette Revillosa logged her only two points with 36 ticks to go to pull her team to the closest it had ever been, 90-92. A shot clock violation called against Ateneo gave La Salle the final possession, but Pastrana back-rimmed the game-tying shot.

The DLSU Lady Archers (1-1) will face the still undefeated and defending champions NU Lady Bulldogs on Wednesday, September 11, 8 AM at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

Scores:

DLSU (90) – Pastrana 21, Okoli 19, Sario 15, Espinas 7, Binaohan 6, Quingco 6, Del Campo 5, Torres 5, Paraiso 4, Revillosa 2

ADMU (92) – Villamor 20, Guytingco 15, Newsome 14, Yam 14, Chu 11, Joson 10, Nimes 8

Quarterscores: 30-26, 52-45, 63-77, 90-92

Lady Archers deal Fighting Lady Maroons blowout loss to secure season opener

(Photo by Jempoy Pimentel) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers began their UAAP Season 82 campaign on a positive note after dealing the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Lady Maroons a 31-point beating, 78-47, on Wednesday at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

Kent Pastrana, who made her debut for the Green-and-White in the UAAP, introduced herself in the best way possible. The rookie anchored the Lady Archers behind a near triple-double performance of 24 points, 14 rebounds, and six steals.

The Taft-based squad got on the driver’s seat early in the game. They took an 11-7 lead after the first frame. From there on, the Lady Archers pulled away to make it an 18-point lead after three, 52-34. The Diliman-based squad never recovered up to the final buzzer.

Team captain Bennette Revillosa contributed 13 markers, three boards, and four swipes. Third year Bernice Paraiso added eight points, while rookie Maureen Okoli logged seven points to her name.

Meanwhile, Jona Lebico was the only Fighting Lady Maroon who finished in double figures. She led her team with 11 points.

The DLSU Lady Archers (1-0) look to build their first winning streak as they face the Ateneo Lady Eagles on Sunday, September 8, 10 AM at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Scores:

DLSU 78 – Pastrana 24, Revillosa 13, Paraiso 8, Okoli 7, Torres 7, Sario 6, Quingco 5, Del Campo 3, Malarde 3, Binaohan 2

UP 47 – Lebico 11, Sanchez 9, Gusilatar 6, Ordoveza 6, Pesquera 4, Rivera 4, De Leon 3, Gonzales 2, Taulava 2

Quarterscores: 11-7, 32-17, 52-34, 78-47

UAAP Season 82 Team Preview: DLSU Lady Archers

(Photo by Jempoy Pimentel) Two years removed from the UAAP Final Four, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers begin their Season 82 campaign hungry for a spot back into the semifinals.

DLSU Lady Archers in Season 81: 8-6 (5th place)

Holdovers: Bettina Binaohan, Rhea Castillo, Lauryn Del Campo, Rossini Espinas, Jel Jajurie, Marga Jimenez, Vea Malarde, Bernice Paraiso, Angel Quingco, Bennette Revillosa, Lee Sario, Charmaine Torres

Additions: Mica Camba, Beatrix Dalisay, Maureen Okoli, Kent Pastrana

Departures: Joe Arciga, Khate Castillo, Camille Claro, Kat Nunez

Led by then graduating point guard and team captain Camille Claro, the Lady Archers started Season 81 on a high note, winning their first two games against the Adamson Soaring Lady Falcons and the UE Lady Red Warriors. Claro, who missed the entire Season 80 after suffering an ACL injury, made an immediate impact as one of the pillars of the team.

Their back-to-back wins, however, were halted when they absorbed back-to-back losses to eventual finalists, the four-time defending champion NU Lady Bulldogs and the FEU Lady Tamaraws. The tables turned as they connected three consecutive wins against UST, UP, and Ateneo to finish the first round win-loss record of 5-2 placing third behind NU and FEU.

The Cholo Villanueva-mentored squad seemed to have hit a huge wall when they dropped three straight games to start the second round. They lost to UE, before the Lady Bulldogs dealt them an unforgettable 47-point massacre, for their worst outing of the season, 64-111. They sank to a 5-5- win-loss record after their second meeting with FEU.

Determined to improve their record to above 0.500, they bounced back by sweeping their elimination round games against UP, Adamson, and Ateneo, respectively.

With a win-loss record of 8-5, the Lady Archers’ Final Four hopes were still very much in their hands as they remained in third place ahead of their match against UST (7-6), who was also wrestling for a slot in the semis. On the other hand, a win by Adamson solidified their entry and gave them one of the last two seats in the Final Four.

The same result would have easily given La Salle a third place finish in the eliminations and eliminate UST from contention. Instead, the Golden Tigresses dragged the Lady Archers to a rubber match with a win that gave both of them an 8-6 card. UST then went on to win the playoff match to close the Taft-based squad’s Season 81 and send them to their second straight premature exit.

Tomorrow, the DLSU Lady Archers will commence their Season 82 campaign at 10 AM. They will face the UP Fighting Lady Maroons at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

The Green-and-White will be led by team captain Bennette Revillosa and veteran holdovers Marga Jimenez, Bernice Paraiso, and Charmaine Torres. Meanwhile, Mica Camba, Beatrix Dalisay, Maureen Okoli, and Kent Pastrana will be among the new faces to watch out for the Lady Archers.

Learning from what happened to them in Season 81, Revillosa stated, “Each game is important. It can make or break the chances of being in the postseason.”

To prepare for the upcoming season, the Lady Archers participated in various tournaments and tuneup games in the offseason. “We learned a different way of playing basketball from different teams we encountered especially during the Xiamen Tournament,” the team captain shared.

It will be a big adjustment for them since they only have a few senior players. Hence, they tried to develop chemistry with their rookies through various tournaments and tuneup games.

Revillosa vowed to be “a role model that they (rookies) can look up to whenever they feel down and help them to pick themselves up.” She added, “I do my best to play well each game because it can be a tool for me to easily motivate them in times of their struggles.”

The Lady Archers reiterated that their goal will always be none less than the championship. But for Revillosa, before they can reach that, they need to have a concrete goal. She expressed, “We have to get at least 14 wins.” But she also mentioned that they are currently a work in progress, and they will take things one at a time.

Expect the DLSU Lady Archers to go all out each game as they strive #4wardLaSalle in UAAP Season 82.

Lady Archers end UAAP Season 81 campaign with fifth place finish

The De La Salle University Lady Archers succumbed to the University of Santo Tomas Lady Tigresses in a do-or-die match battle for fourth ending their UAAP Season 81 Women’s Basketball campaign with fifth finish, 67-79, on Wednesday, November 21, at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Lady Archers started the opening quarter strong with an 11-0 run with Claro shooting three straight 3-pointers and a jump shot from Paraiso. MVP Grace Irebu opened the quarter for the UST Lady Tigresses. The Espana-based squad had a 11-4 counter-run to cut La Salle’s lead down to 4, 15-11. Veterans Castillo and Torres answered UST’s run both with a triple to end the first frame ahead, 21-17.

The Green-and-White struggled offensively and defensively in the second frame. La Salle scored 12 points against UST’s 21 points in the quarter alone. La Salle trail by 5, 33-38, at the end of first half.

The Taft-based squad and Espana-based squad were able to adjust to the play making of one another as La Salle and UST exchanged series of runs throughout the third frame. La Salle opened a 17– 6 to reclaim the lead, 50-44. UST had their own 10 – 0 run to end the third frame ahead, 50-54.

Lady Archers fought hard throughout the fourth and final frame of the game. The Lady Archers tried to make runs but fell short at the end of the final buzzer, scoring 17 points against UST’s 25 points in the quarter, 67-79.

At the end of regulation, The University of Santo Tomas secured fourth semis seat against the De La Salle University, 67-79.

Ana Castillo led the Lady Archers with 20 points and 4 assists while tandem Camille Claro and Marie Arciga scored 15 points and 10 points, respectively.

Meanwhile, Lady Tigresses was led by Season 81 Most Valuable Player Grace Irebu with 29 points and 14 boards. Veteran Capilit and Larosa combined for 34 points and 8 boards.

The Taft-based squad finished Season 81 with fifth finish with a win-loss record of 8-6.

BOX SCORES:

DLSU 67 – Castillo 20, Claro 15, Arciga 10, Revillosa 7, Paraiso 6, Torres 3, Binaohan 2, Nunez 2, Quingco 2.

UST 79 –  Irebu 29, Larosa 18, Capilit 16, Aujero 4, Tacatac 3, Ferrer 3, Sanggalang 2, Rivera 2, Portillo 2.

Lady Archers short in late comeback; UST force playoff match for fourth

The De La Salle University Lady Archers fell short on late comeback against the University of Santo Tomas Lady Tigresses, 65 – 68, in the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Basketball Tournament, on Friday, November 16, at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Archers went to their strength which is opening the first period strong. Binaohan started the game with a triple followed by a Casillo lay-up to lead, 5-0. The Tigresses made their mini-run to trail by 2, 7-5. La Salle was able to counter their mini-run from Veterans Castillo, Torres and Nunez with a 10-5 run to end the first period with La Salle ahead, 17-10.

Lady Tigresses opened the second frame with a 7-0 run to tie the game at 17 a-piece. The Taft-based squad struggled offensively throughout the second period scoring 11 points compared to the Tigresses with 21 points in the quarter alone. At the end of first half, UST ahead, 28-31.

Both squad were able to adjust on both ends as they tried to counter each run. Throughout the third frame, the Lady Archers and Lady Tigresses were exchanging baskets. However, the Tigresses were able to build a ten-point lead against the Lady Archers to end the third period, 44-54.

The Green-and-White showed their composure in the final frame. Trailing by as much as 11, The Lady Archers were more aggressive towards the basket and comeback with a 19 -12 run, mostly from the free-throw line, 63-66. With under two minutes to play, La Salle was able to draw a foul that sent Nunez to the Free-Throw line to cut the deficit by one, 65-66. However, La Salle was not able to close the game.

At the end of regulation, the University of Santo Tomas forced a playoff match against the De La Salle University for the last Semis ticket, 65-68.

Despite the loss, Ana Castillo led the Lady Archers with 16 points and 1 assists. Veterans Kath Nunez and Camille Claro scored 14 and 10 points, respectively.

Meanwhile, UST was led by Aurea Larosa with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Veterans Malu Irebu and Reynalyn Ferrer combined for 21 points and 23 boards.

The Taft-based squad will battle against the same team, after the University of Santo Tomas Lady Tigresses forced a playoff match for the last ticket in the Final four this UAAP Season. Expect the Green-and-White to bounce back, on Wednesday, November 21.

BOX SCORES:

DLSU 65 – A. Castillo 16, Nunez 14, Revillosa 11, Claro 10, Paraiso 5, Torres 4, Binaohan 3, Quingco 2.

UST 68 – Larosa 25, Irebu 13, Ferrer 8, Capilit 7, Portillo 6, Aujero 4, Rivera 3, Sanggalang 2

Lady Archers triumph against UP, grab sixth win

The De La Salle University Lady Archers dominated the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, 68-56, in the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Ynares Center, Antipolo on Saturday.

The Taft-based squad was able to bounce back after two consecutive defeats as they dominated the UP Lady Maroons.

The Lady Archers started the opening quarter strong with a 10-2 run that was not able to counter by the Lady Maroons. A collaborative effort on offense and defensive gave La Salle a 15-6 advantage heading into the second period.

The Green-and-White were able to capitalized UP’s struggle on offense and defense, leading with a 20-16, second quarter score. La Salle ahead by 13, 35-22, to end the 1st half.

The Taft-based squad and Diliman-based squad were able to adjust to the play making of one another as La Salle and UP exchanged baskets through out the 2nd half. The Lady Maroons tried to make runs but the strong first quarter run by the Lady Archers led them to their sixth win of the season.

Lady Archer Camille Claro led La Salle with 16 points while the tandem of Marie Arciga and Ana Castillo combined with 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds and 3 assists, respectively.

The Lady Archers moved to 6-5, win-loss record and will try to grab its second straight victory against the Adamson Univerity Lady Falcons on November 7, Wednesday, 8AM at the Araneta Coliseum.

BOX SCORES:

DLSU 68 – Claro 16, Castillo 9, Arciga 8, Torres 7, Paraiso 6, Binaohan 5, Castillo 4, Jimenez 4, Nunez 4, Del Ocampo 3, Quingco 2.

UP 56- Ordoveza 18, Medina 13, Cruz 11, Rodas 6, Amar 5, Ferrer 2, Gonzales 1

Lady Archers slide to 5-5 after another loss to FEU Lady Tamaraws

The De La Salle University losing skid continues as the Lady Archers bowed to the Lady Tamaraws, 62-74, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena, Saturday.

La Salle suffered its third consecutive defeat after losing to the NU Lady Bulldogs in their last outing.

DLSU started out strong with a 6-2 start in the opening quarter. FEU counter-attacked La Salle’s arsenal after pulling defensive stops on the other end. The aggressiveness of Clare Castro and Fatima Quiapo on the defensive side helped the Lady Tamaraws with a 25-18 advantage after the first.

DLSU tried to spark a run after Angel Quingco put up shot after shot, but the dominance of FEU in both ends of the floor contained La Salle’s attacks and adding the lead to 10 at halftime, 38-28.

FEU went away with the lead on the third as the yellow and green put on a scoring rampage. Castro shots kept on connecting giving The Lady Tamaraw’s biggest lead of the quarter,57-45, with 36 seconds remaining.

The Lady Archers fought back with all their might, but the Lady Tamaraw were just too good as they never looked back, dominating La Salle until the very end.

Marie Arciga and Ana Castillo lead the Taft-based-squad scoring 18 and 14 points respectively while Angel Quingco snatched a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

The Lady Archers dropped to a 5-5 record and they will try to end their losing streak as they face the UP fighting Maroons in round 2 on November 3, Saturday, 9am at the FilOil Flying V Arena.

DLSU 62 –Arciga, 18, Castillo 14, Quingco 13, Claro, 9, Revillosa 2, Paraiso 2, Del Ocampo 2, Jimenez 2, Claro 0, Nunez 0, Binaohan 0.

FEU 77 – Castro, C. 39, Mammaril, V. 10, Quiapo 6, Bahuyan 6, Adriano, E. 6, Antiola 6, Vidal 0, Hortaleza 0, Bastatas 0, Dugay 0.

Quarter scores: 25-18, 38-28, 57-45, 77-62

Notable statistics:

Rebounds: DLSU 32-55 FEU

Assists: DLSU 19-21 FEU

Blocks: DLSU 2-4 FEU

FG: DLSU 32%-48% FEU

Free throws: DLSU 5/12 (41%) – 9/10 (90%) FEU

Points in the paint: DLSU 18-56 FEU