The DLSU Green Woodpushers and Lady Woodpushers continue to remain in contention for the championship halfway through the second round despite mixed results. After leading the pack in the first round, the Lady Woodpushers have fallen to second place while the Green Woodpushers finally take 1st place after finishing the first round tied with Adamson.
Gunning for their first title in more than a decade, the Green Woodpushers dominated this weekend’s games by only surrendering 0.5 points in both their matches this weekend. Despite dominating their weekend matches as well, the Lady Woodpushers trail league-leader FEU by 1.5 points heading into the final stretch of games.
“Actually sanay na yung mga players but there are times na meron na talagang simple win or the win is [there] na pero they still make some moves na kumbaga nakakabigay ng counterchances sa kalaban,” Green Woodpushers and Lady Woodpushers head coach Randy Segarra said in the first round when asked about his thoughts on their performance, adding that he wants to avoid giving opponents any reason to get points from them.
After two straight wins to begin the second round, the Lady Woodpushers drew against UP, 2-2, last Thursday, allowing FEU, who won their match 3.5-0.5, to take the lead. The Green Woodpushers on the other hand, squeaked past UST, 2.5-1.5, giving not only a victory, but enough points to maintain their slim lead.
Weekends however have been friendlier to both teams as the Green Woodpushers have only given up a total of two points in their past four weekend games while the Lady Woodpushers surrendered slightly more with 2.5 points over their four weekend games.
Though their 3.5-0.5 victory against Adamson and 4-0 sweep of Ateneo last Saturday and Sunday currently keeps them in prime position to win their fifth straight championship, the pressure is definitely higher given that there are only a couple of games left before the end of the tournament. The Green Woodpushers will look to close in on that elusive title after 3.5-0.5 and 4-0 victories over UP and Ateneo.
As of press time, the Green Woodpushers have a slim lead against first round leader Adamson, 35-32, with UST coming at third with 29 points. FEU and NU are currently tied with 26 points each while Ateneo, UP, and UE round out the competition at 20, 13.5, and 10.5 points respectively.
The Lady Woodpushers, on the other hand, trail FEU by 1.5 points, 39-37.5, with two more games left in the competition. UP and NU remain behind FEU and DLSU by a sizable margin, with both teams currently having 27.5 and 23 points respectively. GC-contender UST sits at fourth place with 22 points, while Adamson, Ateneo, and UE round out the competition with 15.5, 14, and 13.5 points respectively.
The last two matches for both the DLSU Green Woodpushers and the Lady Woodpushers will be this Wedensday, February 25, and Sunday, March 1. Both ties will begin at 1p m, and will be held at the 4th Floor Multipurpose Room of the Henry Sy, Sr. Hall.