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Streak snapped, NU Woman Bulldogs maintain give attention to retaining UAAP title


NU coach Aris Dimaunahan and the Woman Bulldogs throughout a huddle. UAAP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Nationwide College Woman Bulldogs coach Aris Dimaunahan was fast to simply accept that each one good issues come to an finish after La Salle ended their 108-game successful streak within the UAAP Season 85 on Wednesday at UST’s Quadricentennial Pavilion.

And the problem now for the Woman Bulldogs is how will they bounce again after absorbing their first loss in 9 years.

“The actual problem for us now’s how properly can we bounce again after this loss. How properly may we actually flip the tide in a brief span after being overwhelmed,” mentioned Dimaunahan after losing to La Salle, 61-57, in overtime.

“Similar to what I mentioned to you at these instances once we had been successful, we bought these 24 hours of all the pieces. Might it’s a successful notice, might it’s a foul recreation. We’ll have 24 hours to really feel sorry for this. The subsequent hour might be shifting ahead for them.”

It was powerful for this batch of the Woman Bulldogs to change into the primary staff to soak up a loss since La Salle additionally beat NU, 69-61, on October 5, 2013, within the Season 76 finals. However Dimaunahan careworn their most important objective is to win the college’s seventh straight championship.

“These ladies by no means misplaced within the UAAP. I’m a part of the 96-0 as assistant of coach Pat (Aquino).  It occurred that our recreation was actually off. I assumed we may actually snatch it in the long run. To not our common taking part in mode. Give credit score to La Salle for taking part in that approach,” Dimaunahan mentioned.

“The objective of this staff is to not get the streak. The objective of this staff is to win the championship. That’s the place our focus might be. We don’t have a look at the data. If it occurs, it occurs. And sadly, they gained the sport,” he added.

As La Salle compelled a conventional Last 4 for the primary time in 9 seasons after dropping NU to a 12-1 report, Dimaunahan gave credit score to La Salle coach Cholo Villanueva and his Woman Archers, who wanted to tug off an ideal recreation to change into the one in NU’s 108-1

“I assumed we needed to give credit score to teach Cholo and the entire La Salle staff for taking part in that approach right now. I assumed they had been well-prepared. I admit they beat us actually. In a basketball recreation, there might be a winner and a loser. So, it’s simply unhappy right now that once more, streaks are certain to be damaged,” he mentioned. “I’ve excessive respect for coach Cholo Villanueva. He’s been teaching his groups very properly. We’ll absolutely discover a option to bounce again and we’ll see what is going to occur within the coming days.”

The Woman Bulldogs, who’re assured of a twice-to-beat benefit heading to the Last 4, search to regain their successful methods and shut out the eliminations on a excessive notice in opposition to the also-ran Adamson Woman Falcons on Saturday.

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