MANILA, Philippines -- Rose Ann Dampios completed Adamson's rally from 16 points down to stun University of Santo Tomas, 88-86, in the UAAP Season 82 women's basketball tournament on Wednesday at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.
The sophomore buried the go-ahead three-pointer with 16 seconds left to cap off a 26-point performance that saw her shoot 6-of-15 from beyond the arc. She also contributed 2 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block to help the Lady Falcons recover from a slow start.
Mar Prado added 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals; Kat Araja had 16 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals; while Gerl Anticamara did her part with 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 dimes.
Down by as much as 16 points, Adamson clawed back, cutting the lead down to just a solitary point with a minute left after a huge basket by rookie Anticamara. A stop by the Lady Falcons set up Dampios' heroics.
It was Adamson's third straight win to rise to 3-1 in the standings, while sending UST to back-to-back losses to fall to 2-2.
The Lady Falcons also did a better job defending the paint in the second half even after Grace Irebu uncorked 34 points, 21 rebounds, and three blocks for the Golden Tigresses.
"Si Irebu ang heart and soul nila. So sabi ko, patayin natin ang heart and soul nila," said coach Ewon Arayi. "The other players will still do their best pero naniniwala ako na pag sinandalan natin ang sistema, we'll win this game."
Tantoy Ferrer contributed 16 points, six rebounds, three steals, and two assists, but committed nine of UST's 32 turnovers in the affair.
Lon Rivera also got 13 points and three boards in the loss.
ADAMSON 88 -- Dampios 26, Prado 18, Araja 16, Anticamara 15, Bilbao 8, Ornopia 5, Tandaan 0, Mendoza 0, Flor 0, Catulong 0.
UST 86 -- Irebu 34, Ferrer 16, Rivera 13, Portillo 8, Soriano 5, Callangan 4, Tacatac 3, Panti 3, Javier 0, Gonzales 0, Gandalla 0.
Quarterscores: 13-25, 39-46, 59-62, 88-86.
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