MANILA, Philippines - Lyceum Philippines University-Batangas repulsed San Beda College Alabang, 69-56, to capture the women’s basketball crown in the 14th NCAA South at the LIMA gym in Batangas City over the weekend.
The Lady Pirates thwarted the Red Lionesses’ fourth quarter rally to complete their sweep of the best-of-three series after eking out a 62-60 win in the opener.
Ferlyn Dalida hit 19 points while Jelly Bacarisa and rookie Angelica de Austria chipped in 10 points each for LPU-Batangas which claimed its fourth title in five years.
Shantell Limjoco had 13 points while Irene Jardiniano made 11 markers for the SBCA bets, who were slowed down by injuries and settled for another runner-up finish after placing second in the recent WNCAA.
In boys basketball action, University of Perpetual Help-Calamba came from behind to nip De La Salle-Lipa, 60-57, and force a rubber match set yesterday, also at the LIMA gym.
“With majority of our veterans gone due to graduation, our goal was to place second so winning this championship was a big surprise for us,” said LPU-Batangas sports director and Lady Pirate coach Jayvee Gayoso of his crew of mostly neophytes. “We were fortunate to win this.”
“Three of my mainstays, Carmela Baarde, Audrey Fortuna and Janyne Espina were all injured, while Limjoco is still recovering from flu. It’s the wear and tear,” said SBCA mentor Jay Cruz. “At least we improved after finishing third last year.”
The Lady Pirates built a 59-48 lead early in the fourth period but the Red Lionesses went on an 8-0 rampage on a pair baskets each by Jessa Mae Runes and Jardiniano with 5:10 to go.
But Lyceum refused to give up with Balde sparking a decisive 10-0 windup that took the wind out of the Alabang-based squad.
Over at the LPU-B covered arena, the defending champion UPHL Saints moved closer to retaining their men’s volleyball crown with a 25-20, 25-21, 23-25, 25-12 lacing of the Pirates in Game 1 of their best-of-3 championship playoffs.
Their female counterparts had a tougher time, losing the first two sets before bouncing back to prevail over First Asian Institute of Technology and Humanities , 23-25, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-11, as the Perps aimed for a sweeps of the men’s and women’s volley titles yesterday at the same venue.