CAMILLE Clarin's breakout game helped National University hurdle Adamson, 99-78, and survive Mar Prado's 36-point outing to stay unbeaten in the UAAP Season 82 women's basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 18-year-old rookie out of Blair Academy in New Jersey scored a season-high 23 points, on top of five rebounds and four assists to help the Lady Bulldogs rise to an early 2-0 standing.
Jack Animam posted a double-double of 14 points, 10 rebounds with three steals, as Monique del Carmen added 12 points and six assists as NU stretched its streak to 82 straight games.
Mikka Cacho contributed 11 points, Fil-Am forward Kelli Hayes tallied 10 points, three rebounds and three assists, while Congolese center Rhena Itesi grabbed 14 rebounds to go with eight points.
Still, coach Pat Aquino believes the Lady Bulldogs can still be better versions of themselves after this second win for the season.
"I still can see the real potential of the team," he said. "It's not just one guy who can make it happen this year, it takes everyone to make things happen and we're getting there.
It wasn't until the third quarter where NU pounded on Adamson, erecting a 30-point lead, 71-41, courtesy of a trey from Clarin before going on cruise control for the rest of the game.
Prado, however, kept the fire burning for the Lady Falcons as she shot 11-of-23 from the field and 14-of-21 from the free throw line in the sad start for their season opener.
In the second game, University of Santo Tomas beat University of the Philippines by 55 points, 103-48.
Reigning MVP Grace Irebu powered the Golden Tigresses with 23 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks and two steals in their opener, where five players reached double-digits in scoring.
Tantoy Ferrer registered 20 points, eight boards and three steals, Jeorge Panti added 15 points, three rebounds and two steals, Lon Rivera chipped in 12 points and seven boards, and Aly Gonzales scored 11.
"They say na mahirap to start the season and get the first win, but we're happy to have this one," said coach Haydee Ong.
UST shot 45 percent from the field and was in control of the whole game, thanks largely to UP committing 35 miscues which turned to 36 easy points for the Growling Tigresses.
Rei Sanchez paced the Lady Maroons (0-2) in the defeat with 11 points and 11 rebounds as they suffered their 32nd straight loss.
NU 99 - Clarin 23, Animam 14, Del Carmen 12, Cacho 11, Hayes 10, Itesi 8, Pingol 7, Surada 4, Bartolo 4, Fabruada 2, Goto 2, Canuto 1, Cac 1, Harada 0.
Adamson 78 - Prado 36, Dampios 14, Anticamara 9, Ornopia 6, Araja 5, Catulong 4, Mendoza 2, Dumelod 1, Ea. Alaba 1, Bilbao 0, Balane 0, Tandaan 0, Flor 0, Dionela 0, Dela Cruz 0, Ei. Alaba 0.
Quarterscores: 22-19; 48-37; 76-56; 99-78.
UST 103 - Irebu 23, Ferrer 20, Panti 15, Rivera 12, Gonzales 11, Portillo 8, Manuel 4, Soriano 3, Gandalla 3, Casiano 2, Callangan 2, Sangalang 0, Javier 0.
UP 48 - Sanchez 11, De Leon 10, Lebico 10, Ordoveza 7, Pesquera 4, Gusilatar 2, Taulava 2, Hidalgo 2, Rivera 0, Gonzales 0.
Quarterscores: 26-17; 48-30; 76-38; 103-48.