MANILA, Philippines – Adamson completed a three-game sweep of the first round of the UAAP Season 82 girls' basketball tournament after a 56-36 triumph over De La Salle-Zobel, Saturday at the Paco Arena.
Adamson headed into the game with a 2-0 slate, thanks to dominant wins over Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas. But head coach Ewon Arayi made sure to keep her team grounded heading into their final game of the round.
"Sabi ko sa kanila, 'Face each opponent as if they are they are the strongest in the league para hindi nakukumpiyansa.' Praise God kasi nung medyo pahuli na, mas naging okay laro namin," the former national team stalwart said.
Holding a slim 35-30 lead early in the third quarter, Adamson unleashed a 14-2 scoring run capped by a Crisnalyn Padilla basket with 9:42 left to gain a 47-32 lead.
Padilla, the Adamson skipper, was all over the stat sheet with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 steals.
Joan Camagong was once again at the forefront of the Lady Baby Falcons' attack tallying a double-double clip of 13 points to go with 12 rebounds and three steals.
"Actually itong mga players ko halos may sakit," Arayi shared. "Pero sabi ko nga sa kanila hindi kami pwedeng mag-dwell na may sakit kami kasi nasa giyera na kami."
DLSZ's Achrissa Maw had a monster outing with 23 rebounds and 10 points while Jeehan Ahmed added 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The Junior Lady Archers slid to third with a 1-3 slate.
In the other game, University of Santo Tomas bounced back from the 70-81 loss it received from Adamson last week, blasting Ateneo High School, 112-27.
Bridgette Santos paced six Tigresses in double-digits with 17 markers to go along with 14 rebounds, seven assists, and six steals.
Nicole Tubog stepped up as well with a double-double performance of 13 points and 13 boards.
UST went up to 2-1 to remain at solo second while keeping AHS winless.
Ateneo hotshot Andrea Sarmiento was limited to single digits for the first time this season at nine points, but the young guard still led the Lady Eaglets on offense. She also ended up with three rebounds, two steals, and an assist.
The second round is slated to begin on Saturday, February 1 at the same venue.
ADU 56 - Camagong 13, Padilla 11, Amdad 9, Carcallas 8, Agojo 6, Miguel 6, Roy 3, Reyes 0, Pohen 0, Brutas 0.
DLSZ 39 - Ahmed 13, Maw 10, Cancio 8, Dela Paz 4, Salado 2, Mataga 2, Amol 0, Villarin 0, Udal 0, Ba 0.
Quarterscores: 18-12, 31-23, 43-32, 59-39.
UST 112 - Santos B. 17, Araza 13, Tubog 12, Lacayanga 12, Danganan 11, Santos C. 10, Sison 9, Serrano 8, Rivera 8, Estudillo 6, Eroles 6.
AHS 27 - Sarmiento 9, Almeda 8, Doctor 6, Perez 2, Medina 2, Jimenez 0, Gonzaga 0, Co 0, Capayas 0, Baltazar 0.
Quarterscores: 32-7, 67-14, 92-19, 112-27
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