Published on November 26th, 2015 | by Naomi Imbang0
Lady Archers stymied anew; drop tough game against Lady Eagles, 53-55
The DLSU Lady Archers failed to capitalize on their twice-to-beat advantage in the semi-finals match of the Season against the ADMU Lady Eagles last Wednesday, November 25 at the Mall of Asia Arena. They fell against their archrival with a score of 53-55.
First heartbreak against Ateneo
The Lady Archers were led by Snow Penaranda, who registered 12 points and nine rebounds. Mythical Five member Ara Abaca and Jamie Roxas also aided the Taft-based squad with 11 and seven points respectively. Meanwhile, the Lady Eagles rose as Hazelle Yam had a game-high 19-point performance while shooting 44% from the field. Side by side with the unstoppable, Jolina Go and Danica Jose, with 11 and six points in the game. Jose also remarkably put together 19 rebounds in her time in the court.
In the first half of the game, the Lady Archers opened it with a smooth disposition ending the first period on top by five, 16-11. Everything went well with the big girls inside the court as La Salle’s offense break through continued during the second quarter, 36-25. However, Ateneo bounced back in the second half, outscoring the Lady Archers with a 10-0 run at the start of the third quarter. Yam and Jose partnered improving the offense and defense of the Lady Eagles as they shifted the lead in their favor at the end of the third quarter, 47-44. Although the Lady Archers tried to cut the lead and tie the game in the last period, they still trailed as Yam maintained to push Ateneo’s score with an eight-point lead with only five minutes left in the game. Meanwhile, Abaca started to make several significant baskets for La Salle to cut the Lady Eagles’ lead and forcefully tie it at 52. However, Jose goes to the deep end and finishes the job scoring her freethrow.
A Second Chance
Despite the defeat, the Lady Archers are still on the road to the finals against the NU Lady Bulldogs. They just have to prove that they are the better team compared to Ateneo.
Head coach Cholo Villanueva exposed his disappointment in his interview that the Lady Archers weren’t focusing in the game but rather being too emotional. Averaging with 15 assists per game, the Lady Archers had their worst season figures with only 7 assists in this game. Although Villanueva explained that he tried to improve the ball movement, it was just not the game play that the Lady Archers used to collaborate in the court especially giving the small girls lesser minutes. One of which resulted to a downfall of Abaca’s performance inside the court. “We gave up so many open shots in the game, it’s all about controlling the emotions, everyone was too eager to win the game,” he added a statement in Abaca’s performance, “Especially it’s her last year, and against Ateneo, she was also too eager to win, alone.”
Since their performance on their next head-to-head with the Katipunan-based squad will definitely define the direction of their season, Villanueva will have to toughen the girls up and make proper adjustments in the game at hand. Just like what he tells to the Lady Archers, “Control the emotions, always think in the inside, especially in a playoffs game, its 70% mental and 30% physical, emotions get the best of you, slow down the game, you can’t play the right play.”
With both teams having high hopes to make a finals appearance, expect an exciting showdown between the archrivals on November 28 at 10am in the Araneta Coliseum.