THREE-TIME UAAP champion National University fired a strong warning to its rivals with a 59-50 win over Ateneo at the start of the PCABL Dickies Cup on Saturday at the Buddhacare gym in Quezon City.
Nobody scored in double figures for the Lady Bulldogs but 11 players fielded in by coach Pat Aquino scored two points or more with Kaye Pingol and Rhena Itese finishing with nine points.
Jack Animam, Ria Nabalan and Trixie Antiquera underscored the team’s well-balanced attack by scoring seven points each for the defending champions.
Also getting off to big start were University of the East and Adamson which downed their respective rivals in the tournament also sponsored by Smart Communications, Powerhouse and CW Home Depot.
Drawing an inspired game from veteran Unique Chan and LJ Sto. Domingo, the Lady Warriors outlasted the La Salle Lady Archers, 50-45 while the Lady Falcons scored a 77-59 come-from-behind win over the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons.
Tournament officials, led by Horacio Lim, thanked Jose P. Atienza and Dody T. Arcaya, CEO and vice president for sales and marketing, respectively, of American Star Apparel Philippines – distributor of Dickies in the country - for their continued support for the annual preseason tournament.
Drawing a bye on opening day was multi-titled Centro Escolar University.
The UE-La Salle match was equally exciting but UE’s win have made the Lady Warriors as one of the squads to watch in the coming UAAP.
The Lady Falcons were also impressive especially when they launched their rally in the third quarter that saw them outscore the Lady Maroons, 28-15, for a 60-50 lead.