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Girl Archers finish basketball’s most enduring run with stunner over Girl Bulldogs

La Salle celebrates on the ultimate buzzer. —PHOTOS COURTESY

100 and eight occasions earlier than, opponents tried and failed—some miserably.

It took an additional 5 minutes on Wednesday, however La Salle lastly received it proper.

The Girl Archers handed Nationwide U’s (NU) beforehand untouchable Girl Bulldogs their first loss in 9 seasons—and after a document 108 video games—through a pulsating 61-57 victory within the UAAP Season 85 ladies’s basketball match at College of Santo Tomas’ (UST) Quadricentennial Pavilion.

“You want the proper gamers, the proper rotation to beat an ideal workforce,” stated La Salle coach Cholo Villanueva. “My ladies simply needed it extra. They get all of the credit score right now.”

“It’s the primary time that they sang their alma mater tune second [in a game against NU] after what number of years,” Villanueva added, referring to the UAAP custom of the profitable workforce belting out their college hymn after the shedding squad sings theirs, one thing that the Girl Bulldogs had completed since 2014. “It’s an enormous achievement for La Salle. And naturally, an enormous achievement for our ladies’s basketball program … stopping that streak.

“[B]ut we wish another achievement. We need to win the championship.”

Fina Tchuido powered the Girl Archers’ historic win with 14 factors and 19 rebounds in 42 minutes of play.

“[M]y mindset within the final quarter, I simply needed to win the sport,” Tchuido stated.

Damaged play

With 10.5 seconds remaining within the payoff interval, La Salle was holding a 49-46 benefit after Lee Sario’s cut up free throws however Mikka Cacho salvaged a triple off a damaged play so as to add 5 extra minutes to the Girl Bulldogs’ incomparable profitable streak.

However the Girl Archers by no means wavered in extra time as Sario sank a triple adopted by two free throws from Charmine Torres for a 57-52 breather.

Eighty-three seconds later, the buzzer erupted, initiating a scene that seemed prefer it had been dug out of UAAP lore: La Salle was additionally the final squad to beat NU, 69-61, on October 5, 2013, in Recreation 3 of the Season 76 finals.

From 2014 onwards, the Girl Bulldogs by no means misplaced a recreation till they bumped into the Girl Archers, who dusted off a Ultimate 4 format that had been gathering cobwebs within the ladies’s aspect after being shelved for 9 seasons.

La Salle’s Inexperienced Archers weren’t so unhealthy themselves, conserving their very own Ultimate 4 hopes alive within the males’s aspect.

“We talked and agreed that the final 5 video games would be the begin of our season,’’ stated La Salle coach Derrick Pumaren after his wards solid a 63-58 victory over the NU Bulldogs.

“For us, that is solely our third recreation of the season. We’re not considering of [that] 3-6 [record] anymore,’’ added Pumaren, referring to his workforce’s first 9 video games.

Winston again, briefly

Penny Estacio stepped out of the shadows, firing all of his 13 factors—and even outscoring all the NU crew—within the pivotal third quarter the place La Salle took management.

“We would have liked this win as a result of we’re aiming to be within the Ultimate 4. I didn’t drive it, my photographs simply went in,’’ stated Estacio, who began for La Salle for the primary time and gallantly stuffed up the sneakers of the high-scoring Schonny Winston, who continues to nurse a strained calf.

Winston lastly suited up after sitting out the final 4 video games, however he stepped on the ground for under 4 seconds and was instantly despatched again to the bench.

La Salle’s sixth win in 12 outings saved it at No. 4.

Defending champion College of the Philippines nonetheless sits on the high spot after claiming an eleventh victory after taking down the UST Tigers, 78-60, to safe at the very least a playoff for a twice-to-beat leverage within the Ultimate 4.

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