MANILA, Philippines -- Kat Guytingco came alive in the second half to power Ateneo de Manila University to a 76-62 victory over University of the Philippines (UP) in the UAAP Season 82 women's basketball tournament, Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Guytingco scored all of her 13 points in the final two quarters, while adding 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal as the Lady Eagles snapped a four-game losing streak and ended the first round on a high note.
"She sat out for most of the first two quarters and that fueled her to do more sa second half," lauded coach Kat Quimpo of her fifth-year guard.
Jhaz Joson added 13 points, seven boards, and four assists, while Zoe Chu had 12 points and three rebounds in the win.
From a tight 49-43 affair, Ateneo staged a huge 8-0 blast to create a 14-point breathing room and take a 57-43 lead in the third frame.
"It's a much-needed win," said Quimpo. "The loss have been taking a toll on us emotionally. We expected so much from our first round, but we didn't get what we expected. But it's good that we're back on the winning track."
"At least, now we know what to work on. It's been a roller-coaster ride for us, but it's good that we have all these learnings heading into the second round," she also said.
Pesky Pesquera led the Lady Maroons with 15 points, nine rebounds, and three assists, while Jona Lebico had 10 points, five boards, and three steals in the defeat.
UP remains the only winless team in the tournament, and its losing streak has now reached 37 games.
ATENEO 76 -- Guytingco 13, Joson 13, Chu 12, Cancio 9, Yam 9, Newsome 8, Villamor 7, Moslares 5, Aquisap 0, De Dios 0, Villacruz 0.
UP 62 -- Pesquera 15, Lebico 10, Sanchez 9, Rivera 7, De Leon 5, Gusilatar 5, Gonzales 4, Ordoveza 4, Larrosa 3, Hidalgo 0, Lucman 0.
Quarter scores: 25-16, 35-32, 57-47, 76-62.
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