Fil-Oil: Lady Archers register two wins in four outings

CP Garcia

After an opening day victory over the RTU Lady Thunders, the DLSU Lady Archers dropped two consecutive games at the hands of their UAAP rivals, the AdU Lady Falcons and the UST Tigresses last May 9 and May 17, respectively. La Salle then regained its winning form, outhustling the CEU Lady Scorpions last May 26 at The Arena in San Juan.

The Lady Archers started their preseason campaign last May 7 with a commanding 74-51 victory over RTU, reinforcing their status as not only the reigning UAAP champions, but also as the defending Fil-Oil Preseason Cup champs. The tandem of Marga Dagdagan and Fritz Oyao drove La Salle past their opponents with 15 and 11 points respectively. Meanwhile for RTU, Wiz Duaco led the squad with 14 points, and Angel Rodruiguez knocked in another 12 points.

DLSU dominated RTU from the onset of the match, as the Lady Thunder were not able to shift the lead throughout the game, let alone force a deadlock. The Lady Archers also outrebounded their opponents after garnering a total of 52 rebounds in contrast to RTU’s 37.

Two days after, the Lady Archers succumbed to the Lady Falcons, 58-54, after failing to complete an endgame comeback off a furious 17-9 rally in the fourth period. Inna Corcuera led La Salle with 10 points and six rebounds, while Adamson’s Jesusa Avila regstered a double-double performance with a game-high 21 points and 13 rebounds.

After leading by as much as 18 points in the match, the Lady Archers also fell to the Tigresses, 75-72, after a strong second half performance by the Espana-based team.

The Tigresses pushed a 25-12 run in the third quarter to trim the deficit to just thee points, entering the fourth period. UST eventually claimed the lead midway in the fourth, to ultimately earn the victory.

The Lady Archers halted their two-game losing skid at the expense of CEU, 77-72, after denying their opponents to rise at endgame. Unlike their game against UST wherein La Salle was not able to keep themselves in the driver’s seat during the latter part of the game, DLSU remained in control despite being outscored by 11 points in the fourth quarter.

Closing the month of May with a 2-2 win-loss card in the tournament’s eliminations, the Lady Archers sit at the third spot of the standings behind UST and Adamson in Group A of the Fil-Oil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup Group.




By Rogie Vasquez

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