Lady Booters remain on top, draw against UST Golden Tigresses

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Booters settled for a draw, 0-0, against the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses in the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Football Tournament, Wednesday, May 1 at the Circulo Verde Football Pitch.

The Taft-based squad started their second round elimination campaign with a back-to-back draw; against UP Lady Maroon, 1-1 and now the UST Golden Tigresses, 0-0.

Although they were unable to convert their chances, The Lady Booters were able to dodge another scary first loss through an excellent defense that led the Tigresses to a scoreless match.

La Salle’s Goalkeeper Tashka Lacson defended the post well after blocking UST’s Charisa Lemoran shot, preventing UST to get the lead in the 68th minute mark of the match.

After 90 minutes of action, both La Salle and UST who struggled offensively did not pinch any goal throughout the match that resulted to a draw at zero a-piece.

However, the Green-and-White squad remained the top-seeded team in the league with a 3-3-0 win-draw-loss record good for 12 points.

The DLSU Lady Booters will try to stay undefeated as they face their archrival Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) on Saturday, May 4, 3:00pm at the same venue.

Lady Booters remain unbeaten after Castañeda’s late equalizer against Maroons

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Booters entered the second round of the eliminations against the University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons with a draw, 1-1, last Saturday, April 27 at the Circulo Verde Football Pitch.

The Lady Booters were able to dodge their first loss of the season after the heroic Sara Castañeda’s late equalizer.

Outsmarting each other, both La Salle and UP showed excellent defense in the first half. The Green-and-White had many chances but was unable to convert. Then, it was the Lady Maroons who converted a goal right before the half time at the 40 th minute mark.

La Salle’s Goalkeeper Tashka Lacson defended the goal post but UP’s Mary Rose Obra was able to convert a low ball against Lacson at the 40th mark.

The Taft-based squad adjusted their defense, giving the Lady Maroons less chance of converting a goal. While the opponents are still ahead, La Salle continued to struggle in offense as they could not make an equalizer at the 70 th mark of the match.

However, the Lady Booters were determined to come back and they successfully did at the 75th minute courtesy of Sara Castañeda’s equalizer. Although Lady Maroons were given free kicks, they were unable to convert thanks to Lacson for defending the post excellently.

At the end of the match, both La teams did not pinch any goal that resulted to a draw at one a-piece.

After the match, The Taft-based squad remained the top-seeded team in the league holding a W-D-L of 3-2-0.

The determined Lady Booters will try to stay undefeated against the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses on Wednesday, 3:00 pm at the same venue.

Lady Booters and UST tied in battle between Season 80 finalists

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The battle between last season’s finalists turned out even as the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Booters and the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses ended in a 2-2 draw last Saturday, March 9, at Circulo Verde.

Last season’s runner-up UST dominated the first half with most chances coming from them, one in which Mae Cadag attempted to capitalize a series of error by La Salle. However, reigning Best Goalkeeper Tashka Lacson proved she is still in best shape, executing a wonderful save to keep the match even at the end of the first half.

Following a grueling first half, the tides changed at the 51st minute as the Lady Booters drew first blood after a close range finish by team captain Kyra Dimaandal off an Irish Navaja cross.

The goal did not stop the Lady Tigresses from pushing forward. Nine minutes after, Mary Joy Indac moved past the defenders to shift the momentum onto their sides, tying the game at one goal apiece. Then, at the 71st minute, UST’s captain Hazel Lustan took advantage of La Salle’s miscommunication and gave them their second goal in 10 minutes, overtaking the defending champions, 2-1.

The Taft-based squad did not rattle and composed themselves after the turn of events. The rookie connection between Shai De Ocampo and Maye Mendaño worked wonders as the former netted in a wonderful header from the latter’s corner kick at the 73rd minute, keeping the Green and White back into the game at 2-all.

Both teams hustled for their third goals, but several 1v1 spectacular Lacson saves and continuous crossbar hits by the defending champions denied any squad from attaining them.

With this draw, the Lady Booters secured second place with four points after two played games.

Catch the DLSU Lady Booters (1-1-0) as they attempt to improve their record when they face the UP Fighting Lady Maroons (1-0-1) on Saturday, March 16, 1 PM at the same venue.

Lady Batters outduel NU in late comeback for third straight victory

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Batters avenged their first round loss in an intense come-from-behind victory against the National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs, 6-5, in the UAAP Season 81 Softball Tournament, earlier today at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

With the win, the Lady Batters climbed up to solo second with a win-loss record of 6-3 to remain in hunt of a postseason ticket.

At the top of the second inning, the Lady Batters defended the bases well, while the Lady Bulldogs continued their batting woes. At the bottom, La Salle remained a nightmare for the opponent as rookie pitcher Juan sent the ball in the center field for a run that brought her and another Lady Batter in the home plate to get onboard, 2-0, at the end of the inning.

With two early outs at the top of the fourth inning, NU threatened La Salle with two Lady Bulldogs at the first and third bases. Eventually, the Lady Bulldogs gained momentum and snatched the lead, 3-2, before getting their third out.

Down at the top of the fifth inning, the Lady Bulldogs extended their lead as they scored another run. However, the Taft-based squad edged their opponent. With Chinny Ejar already out, Miranda was rewarded a walk to first base before a Mercy Arroyo hit sent Miranda home, Nica Velasco to third and herself to first base to inch closer. As they continued to threaten the opponent, La Salle sent the ball into the deep left field where Velasco and Arroyo took advantage of. The duo fought for the home plate in a wild sequence that was fortunately ruled as safe for Velasco. An NU error at home made a run for Arroyo, which was also ruled as safe to regain the lead, 5-4. Team captain Jamica Arribas added a run to end the inning with her team up, 6-4.

The Lady Bulldogs made a run in the sixth inning, but was not able to tie the game in the last inning, sealing the come-from-behind win for the Green and White, 6-5.

“Nagwork out talaga yung ginawa namin kahapon na practice,” head coach Jasper Cabrera said regarding their four runs in the fifth inning.

“Unahan man kami ng score, wag lang magpanic dahil anytime matatamaan namin yan kasi mapapagod din yung pitcher nila, at alam na namin yung game plan ng catcher. Sumunod naman yung players at nai-deliver agad nila kaya umiscore kami ng four runs,” he added.

Cabrera had some words to motivate his team, “Ang lagi ko lang sinasabi sa kanila, kung pwede itatak niyo sa isip niyo yan (the win), para hindi niyo makalimutan yung goal natin na Final Four muna.”

The DLSU Lady Batters (6-3) will try to sweep the UE Lady Red Warriors in the elimination round on Thursday, March 14, 9AM at the same venue.

Rooks take charge as Lady Booters down Lady Eagles in season opener

Rooks take charge as Lady Booters down rivals Lady Eagles in season opener The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Booters started their season with a dominating win against arch-rivals Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles, 3-0, yesterday, March 6, at the Circulo Verde Pitch.

The Ladies in Green started well with numerous attempts to the goal. One of those attempts done at 23’, went in but was disallowed by the referees because Captain Kyra Dimaandal was offside. Nearing the end of the first half, at 36’, Rookie Shai del Campo showed her skills in the box and scored a goal for La Salle for a 1-0 edge.

Then, at 39’, another neophyte in Maye Mendaño, converted a penalty kick given to La Salle after a handball infraction from the Katipunan-based squad. La Salle was up two points to nil at half time.

During the early minutes of the second half, last season’s Best Keeper, Tashka Lacson, had heroic saves that helped the Lady Booters’ defense remain impenetrable. None of the Ateneans’ attempts made it past the DLSU wall.

The Lady Booters didn’t stop pushing even if they had a cushion of two points. Their kapitana didn’t fail to show her team how it’s done as Dimaandal scored a goal at 67’. The game was fast-paced with both teams running up and down the field attempting to score but the game ended at 3-0, giving the Taft-based squad their first victory of the season.

When asked how the game went for his team, Coach Hans said that they only played 80% of the team’s potential, “There were so many mischances, not chances of shots but chances to go on to attack. The rookies played as expected but the thing now is that we need to have more intensity for our next game because we’re playing UST and there’s not many days for recovery”.

Captain Dimaandal invites everyone to come and watch them defend their title against UST and promises a higher intesity game. “I think we played bit relaxed today and I know we can do more. For the next game, we plan on having higher intensities for our match”.

The DLSU Lady Booters will face UST Growling Tigers this coming Saturday, March 9, 1pm at the same venue.

Lady Batters dominate Ateneo for third straight win

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Batters emerged victorious against Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles, 8-1, in the battle of the rivals in the UAAP Season 81 Softball Tournament to extend their winning streak to three at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium, Thursday, February 2.

The Lady Batters started the inning strong on offense as veterans Velasco, Arribas, Dela Rosa, and Benson found themselves at home. On the defensive end, the Lady Batters halted the Lady Eagles from scoring to get an early 4-0 lead at the end of the first inning.

The Taft-based squad struggled on offense and was scoreless to end their inning. La Salle went back on defense, but Ateneo was able to get themselves onboard. DLSU remained on top, 4-1.

La Salle and Ateneo continued to play strong as they outsmarted each other on defense that prevented both teams to score in the third inning.

The Green and White went back to their strength, offense and defense. The Lady Batters never looked back from the start of the fourth inning until the seventh inning. Velasco sent Ejar home on top inning while a double play on bottom fourth gave Ateneo a scoreless inning.

The Lady Eagles threatened La Salle by loading all the bases, but La Salle was able to recover to end the fifth inning with La Salle still up, 5-1.

With two early outs to start the sixth inning, Velasco pushed her team up, hitting the ball at center field that sent herself to second base. From there, the Lady Batters sent Velasco and Arroyo at home and continued to extend their lead to six, 7-1.

In the last inning, La Salle was able to send rookie pitcher Juan to home base that sealed the win for the Green and White.

The DLSU Lady Batters captured a dominating third straight win against archrivals Ateneo Lady Eagles, 8-1.

Catch the DLSU Lady Batters as they will try to extend their winning streak against the UST Golden Tigresses on Saturday, 11AM at the same venue.

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

Santillan propel La Salle in crucial win against NU

The De La Salle University Green Archers grabbed third straight win, 84-77 after sweeping the National University Bulldogs in the elimination round of the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Green Archers started the opening quarter strong with a 13-3 run. However, the NU Bulldogs had their own 10–2 counter-run to cut the Archers lead down to 2 with less than a minute to go in the first period, 15-13. Green Archer Mark Dyke gave La Salle a four point lead to end the quarter, 17-13.

The first minutes of the second frame, the Taft-based squad were able to keep their composure. However, National U’s John Lloyd Clemente found his rhythm scoring 14 of his 19 points in the second period alone and lift his teammates that outscored La Salle in the quarter scoring, 21-27. DLSU trailed by 2, 38-40 at the end of first half.

The Green Archers were trading baskets against the Bulldogs throughout the third period. Archers Santi Santillan and Andrei Caracut led the Green and White with combined 18 points of DLSU’s 27 point third quarter score which reclaimed their lead, 65-62.

An intense battle entered the fourth and final period with both squad trying to make their own series of runs. La Salle led by as much as 7 with less than 5 minutes in the game, 75-68, but Dave Ildefenso was on fire thereafter who scored 6 straight points for the bulldogs together with a step back from beyond the arc that cut La Salle’s lead down to one, 75-74. DLSU’s big men Santillan and Baltazar dominated the paint to increase their lead by four, 79-75 and Joaquin Manuel nailed a game winning triple with 1:12 remaining in the game, 82-75.

At the end of regulation, DLSU Green Archers claimed their crucial and third straight win against the NU Bulldogs, 84-77.

Santi Santillan led the Green Archers with 18 points and 5 boards while Archer Andrei Caracut and Aljun Melecio scored with 13 apiece. Joaquin Manuel contributed with his career high 10 points and shot 50% from the Field.

Meanwhile, NU’s Dave Ildefonso and John Lloyd led the Sampaloc-based squad with 20 points and 19 points, respectively.

The DLSU Green Archers climbed to 8-4 record as they will pour their hearts out to bounce back against archrival Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles and will try to clinch their 9th win to enter the Final Four berth on Sunday, November 11 at the Araneta Coliseum.

BOX SCORES:

DLSU 84 – Santillan 18, Caracut 13, Melecio 13, Baltazar 11, Manuel 10, Go 6, Dyke 6, Bates 4, Serrano 3

NU 77 – D. Ildefonso 20, Clemente 19, Yu 7, Gallego 7, S. Ildefonso 5, Rike 4, Gaye 4, Joson 4, Sinclair 3, Diputado 2, Malonzo 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