DEFENDING champion National University and Army clinched twice-to-beat advatages in the quarterfinals by beating their respective rivals in the PCABL 7th Dickies Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Buddhacare gym in Quezon City.
With Je-Ann Camelo and Ria Nabalan burying four triples each, the NU belles overpowered the Air Force dribblers, 81-76, on Sunday for their sixth win in as many games.
It was Air Force’s second straight defeat in the tournament serving as a preseason tournament for some UAAP teams after absorbing a 76-74 loss to the Army Troopers last Saturday.
Army’s win was its fifth since dropping its opening game in the tournament backed by EuroMed, Multimotors Auto Parts, CW Home Depot, Choi Garden Restaurant and Blackwater.
NU and Army battle for the No. 1 seed on Sunday.
Camelo shared the scoring honors with Rhena Itesi, finishing with 16 points each while Nabalan wound up with 14.
Meanwhile, University of the East closed out its elimination campaign on high note with a 69-50 drubbing of University of the Philippines.
It was UE’s first win in seven games.