As Ateneo claims a Final 4 slot, National U rewrites UAAP history

first_imgView comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo’s ninth win in 11 outings was NU’s seventh loss in 10 games.Not that the Ateneo coaching staff was keeping count.“We didn’t look into the Final Four and we were just focusing on NU,” said assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “We didn’t look beyond this game and that was the key point for us.”The Blue Eagles went on a blistering 22-9 run in the second quarter to take a 44-20 lead after Thirdy Ravena’s free throw.De La Salle tightened its hold of the third spot after fending off Far Eastern University, 65-57, later in the day.The Archers climbed to a 6-4 record while the Tamaraws, who slipped to a 5-6 record, dropped to fifth, allowing idle University of the Philippines (5-5) to gain fourth place. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University answered history’s call Saturday afternoon, the same day that Ateneo made its entry to the Final Four official.The Lady Bulldogs whipped the University of Santo Tomas Tigresses, 96-57, in the UAAP women’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan to notch their 74th straight victory—the longest winning streak in any sport in the league.ADVERTISEMENT Motolite thwarts Pocari gals Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award And the first thing coach Pat Aquino did was heave a relaxed sigh.“[Making history] hasn’t sunk in yet,” Aquino told the Inquirer. “It’s really more a relief right now that we’re done chasing the record. We can now focus on the more important thing, which is winning a title.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissOnce the record formerly owned by Adamson’s women’s softball team was within sight, Aquino admitted that it seemed the burden had doubled for NU every time it took the court.“You have to worry about the winning and then at the back of your mind, there is the streak,” said Aquino, who banned any locker room talk of the record chase to keep the Lady Bulldogs’ focus on the game at hand. “I know they read about it and they’re aware, but I told the players not to talk about it.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Aquino passed the credit of the streak to NU management, which took care of recruiting players who “stayed together like family and performed really well on the court.”Ria Nabalan shouldered the scoring duties for the Lady Bulldogs, notching 31 points as NU used a strong second period to knock the fight out of UST.Kaye Pingol added 20 points while reigning MVP Jack Danielle Animam and Congo’s Rhena Itesi each scored 15 for NU, which improved to 10-0 this season.At nearby Smart Araneta Coliseum, Ateneo stared at a similar 10-0 figure on the scoreboard. The Blue Eagles opened the game with 10 straight points before beating National U, 79-64, in the men’s tournament.The Blue Eagles officially tabbed a Final Four slot—although no one really expected them to have to fight for a berth in the semifinals—with the victory while putting the Bulldogs’ own bid in peril.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more