Lady Maroons shock Lady Cardinals-A A +A
Thursday, October 3, 2013
UNIVERSITY of the Philippines (UP)–Baguio scored an upset against fancied University of Baguio in their battle for third in BBEAL’s women’s basketball.
The UP–Lady Maroons, despite playing with only six players, showed the bigger heart in shocking the Lady Cardinals with a 48-48 victory at the UC gym.
Faith Carmela Relente led UP to their highest finish in years, and even dislodging the many time champion Lady Cardinals with 13 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and an assists.
“Pinagdasal talaga namin ang game na ito, at sobrang proud naming anim dahil kahit kaunti lang kami at halos maubos ang tao dahil sa injury nagawa pa rin namin na ipanalo ang laro,” Relente said.
Maroons head coach Ivy Inovero said it was just like a championships game for the whole team, who lacked depth in the bench with only one substitute.
“Para sa amin napakalaking bagay na manalo and to rank third, lalo na at wala ngayon yung mga dapat sana eh key players ng team,” Inovero said.
“We have been through a lot, pero ipinakita sa akin ng mga batang into ang puso at determination nila sa laro,” added Inovero.
The fighting Lady Maroons, who was considered as an underdog prior to the game trailed the Lady Cardinals with only four points at the end of the opening canto, 11-15.
The Lady Cardinals were able to force several turn overs in the second period but that did not stop the Lady Maroons from fighting back with
Precious Irish Generosa scoring back to back triples to steal the lead at 21-19 with 5:22 remaining.
But UB came-up with a 6 – 3 run to close the first half with a 24-25 advantage.
A see-saw battle raged on the third period with the Lady Maroons and the Lady Cardinals trading baskets after baskets with UB still gaining the upper hand at the close of the quarter, 35-36.
Both went scoreless in the first one minute of the pay-off canto before Kaye Samantha Espiritu gave the go ahead basket on a fast break for a 37-36 lead with 8:40 remaining.
From then on the fighting Lady Maroons never looked back and padded their lead until the final buzzer.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 04, 2013.