Lady Archers 12 game winning streak snapped by the Lady Bulldogs
Published on November 15th, 2015 | by Denise So
Today, the Lady Archers winners of 12 consecutive found themselves once again at the foot of the National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs’ battlements. Over the past two seasons, 29 assaults have been launched against them and the defending champions, Lady Bulldogs, have repulsed each and every one of them.
Today, they made it 30 straight, beating back the Lady Archers 81-74.
Pressing full court, every square inch of the hard court was turned into a battleground, waged by amazon combatants. The Lady Bulldogs forced the Archers into committing several turnovers by imposing a man-to-man defense. NU’s Tongco started the quarter with a basket followed by Gupilan’s 3-point shot. However, the Lady Archers answered back as Castillo and Abaca led the team in their rally to stay afloat. A cannon-ball trey by Castillo led to a deadlock while Penarada’s basket gave the Archers a taste in the lead. Unfortunately, NU’s Paig scored to put the Bulldogs up by two at the end of the first, 20-18.
The Lady Bulldogs pressed hard on the Archers’ offense early in the second frame. They forced turnovers and converted second-chance points. At the five-minute mark, they were leading by seven. However, a trey by Castillo kept the Archers from trailing too far behind. Crisp ball movement by the Archers led to a layup by Penarada; but NU’s Miranda negated her efforts. Turnovers by the Archers led to back-to-back threes for Lady Bulldog, Paig. By then, the momentum has swung over to the other side as the Lady Bulldogs continued their attack on the offensive end, 45-32 at the half.
Lady Archer, Abaca, started the second half with a jumper. Unfortunately, this was soon negated as Paig launched a shot from beyond the arc. Revillosa, Claro and Abaca attempted to cut the deficit but the Bulldogs answered the Archers’ every basket, shot per shot. With a few minutes left in the third, Claro went down with what appeared to be an ankle injury. However, the Archers’ remained resilient as Castillo, Vergara and Ong drained consecutive treys. The Archers continued to show aggressiveness as they cut the deficit to 10 points by the end of the third frame, 67-57.
The Archers tightened their defense earlier in the fourth, as they were able to force the Bulldogs to take perimeter shots. Ong’s trey cut NU’s lead to single digits but NU countered with a jumper. Abaca then, completed a three-point play that cut their disadvantage to seven. However, consecutive calls halted La Salle’s momentum. NU’s Gupilan continued to wreak havoc on the Archers’ defense as she drained baskets from both inside and outside the paint. Dagadagan was able to drain a three but it was too late. By then, the Bulldogs have already secured their elimination rounds sweep.
Aracelie Abaca led the Archers with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists while Castillo and Penarada each had 13 points of their own. On the other hand, Paig led the undefeated Lady Bulldogs with 18 points.
Their loss today allowed the Lady Bulldogs to secure a thrice-to-beat advantage again for the second year in a row. From here on out, it does not get easier. The road to redemption just got a little bit harder for the Lady Archers. But one day, that fortress will be breached. Just not today.