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    Big games from Kapinga, Animam in vain as NU loses to Japan side in Taiwan

    Jul 18, 2019
    PHOTO: Keith Magcaling

    NATIONAL University suffered a 89-74 loss at the hands of Nagoya Gakuin University on Thursday in the 2019 Buddha's Light International Association (BLIA) Cup in Kaohsiung.

    Lamama Kapinga tallied 25 points, 10 rebounds, four steals, two assists, and one block but couldn't save the Lady Bulldogs from a second straight loss in the invitational tourney.

    Jack Animam also did her part with 23 points, 12 rebounds, and two steals, while Rhena Itesi had 16 points, nine boards, and two assists in the defeat.

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    NU found itself playing catch-up early on, with Nagoya taking a 26-16 first-quarter lead before extending that edge to 17, 68-51, heading into the final frame.

    Adding to the Lady Bulldogs' woes were the 30 turnovers they committed, dashing any hopes for a fightback.

    NU tries to salvage its campaign in a final game against National Taiwan Normal University on Friday.

    Shiori Kobayashi topscored for the Japanese with 24 points, four assists, three steals, and two rebounds.

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