Lady Navs topple Lady Jags for top spot in women’s basketball-A A +A
Thursday, September 19, 2013
SAINT Louis University Lady Navigators pulled an upset against erstwhile undefeated University of the Cordilleras Lady Jaguars to tie atop the ladder of the women’s basketball in the on-going Baguio – Benguet Educational Athletic League season 27.
The Lady Navigators pleased their crowd after punctuating an 88-81 win over defending champion Lady Jaguars on a Wednesday at the SLU Prince Bernhard gymnasium.
Coach Raymond Austria of the Lady Navigators said the win is quite a breather for the team.
“Were going talaga for the best of three series in the finals, so very important ang panalo na ito para sa amin,” Austria said who forged a best of three finals series with the Lady Jaguars after winning a crucial tiff.
“Lahat ng players nag-step up sa laro, most specially si (Catherine) Camilo sa opensa on the fourth quarter at yung depensa ni (Ana May)Tamondong kay Pingil,” Austria added.
The early lead came from the Navigators as they pin the visiting Jaguars to stay behind their trail and close the opening canto with a precarious 27-19 lead.
The defending champion Lady Jaguars closed the gap thanks to Jessica Mae Pingil, Maybelle Dennis, and Katty Toribio chipping 26 points to end the half with a two point edge , 47-49.
“After the first half nag-adjust kami with our offense, gusto naming i-maximize yung mga big women naming so yun nag-click against them”, Austria said.
A see-saw battle ensued in the third period that ended with a 67 all count and was tied three times during the pay off canto before SLU took a four point lead, 81-77 with 2:44 remaining.
And from then on SLu slowly chipped the time away to avenge a first round loss to UC.
Camilo topped the scoring chores with 29 for SLU's fifth win in six outings with Trishia Costales and Michelle Hafalla chipping in 14 and 13 points apiece.
“Must win situation kasi sa amin etong game na eto, ayaw naman namin na maging best of two lang yung finals with UC, kaya nag-effort kami para maging best of three,” Camilo added.
“Balak pa rin namin na dalhin yung laro from this game, lalo pa naming aayusin yung defense para talagang hindi makalayo sa next game yung kalaban,” quipped Camilo.
Jessica Mae Pingil had 29 markers for UC's first loss of the season that goes with their five wins while Cheryl Magno and Kathy Toribio added 15 and 14 points each.
Hoping to bring back the crown anew, Camilo said that they can definitely counter UC Lady Jaguars in both offense and defence.
“We just have to go with the flow po, kung anuman yung mabibigay nang UC, maka-counter at maka-counter din po namin yun. Magtiwala lang po kami sa sistema po namin at sa isa’t-isa at sa taas po,” Camillo said. (Mark Victor Pasagoy/With a report from Jayza Almira Labis / UB Intern)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 20, 2013.