Gritty defense and rebounding got the job done for the Engineering and Architecture Lady Tigers as they claimed a second straight championship at the expense of the Accountancy Lady Griffins 40-32 at the 4th floor Martin Hall last Monday, August 13.
The game got off to an intense start as the players went all out on their defensive efforts, resulting on both teams being unable to make a basket and relying on their free throws for points. The quarter ended 8-6 in favor of the women in orange.
The offense finally got going for EA in the second quarter, pumping in seven quick points to distance themselves from the Lady Griffins. The Tigers would build on that momentum until the end, answering every run the women in yellow threw at them.
Maria Andrea Nicolas of the EA Lady Tigers flirted with a triple-double performance with 15 points, 13 rebounds, and seven steals.
Rookie forward Pearl Grace Ogang paced the Griffins in scoring with 11 points, five rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.
Jeanette Holland, Lady Tiger’s team captain, shared that securing this win was one of her satisfying moments yet.
“Matagal na namin ito na dream na maging champion. Last year na prove namin and again this year. EA Dominate!,” she exclaimed.
Griffin’s veteran guard, Vanessa Ellar expressed no regrets after the loss, noting that she was confident in her rookie teammates to carry the torch.
“Dili sya disappointing maskin pildi mi kay gihatag man namo tanan. Confident pud mi sa among rookies na magdala sa among team next year. Makita namo ilang potential,” she added.
The Business and Management Vipers and the Social Sciences Dragons finished third and fourth places in the tournament respectively.