Lady Bulldogs stretch win run to 81

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    NATIONAL University stretched its amazing run to 81 by scoring an 80-60 win over Far Eastern University yesterday in the UAAP Season 82 women’s basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Jack Animam tallied 17 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists to lead the five-time champions.

    Congolese center Rhena Itesi also did damage with 16 points, six boards, and three assists while rookies Angel Surada, who had 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, and two steals, and Camille Clarin, who tallied 10 points, three boards, and three dimes, impressed in their debuts.

    The win, however, left a lot to be desired for coach Pat Aquino as the Lady Bulldogs’ lackadaisical defense saw them trail 43-48 in the third period.

    It was a hard win, rusty probably, overconfident, but the thing is we have to play double time against FEU,” he said.

    “Our players are still hesitant. We’re coming up with a new system and they’re still hesitant with that, but I just told them to play as hard as you can and everything will follow. That’s what happened.”

    In the other game, rookie Kent Pastrana led the De La Salle University Lady Eagles to a masterful 78-47 win over University of the Philippines at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

    The native of Silay City tallied 24 points, 14 rebounds, six steals, and two assists.

    “Good way to start the season, but we have a lot of things to improve pa. It is a good experience for the first-year and second-year players to get their feet wet,” said Lady Archers coach Cholo Villanueva.

    La Salle pulled away in the second quarter to lead at the half 32-17 and kept UP at bay despite a close 20-17 scoring in the third quarter.

    Fil-Am forward Kelli Hayes, who previously played for the UCLA Bruins, contributed four points, three rebounds, three steals, and two assists in her NU debut.

    Clare Castro led FEU with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks, while Valerie Mamaril had 16 points and two boards.