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    Grace Irebu has 33 and 13 as UST Tigresses rip Ateneo Lady Eagles

    Sep 11, 2019

    GRACE Irebu stamped her class to lift University of Santo Tomas to a 91-73 drubbing of Ateneo in the UAAP Season 82 women's basketball tournament on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The Congolese center scored 33 points on a 12-of-20 clip, to go with 13 rebounds and two blocks to keep the Golden Tigresses on top of the leaderboard at 3-0.

    "This year is gonna be different. My first objective is I want to bring my team to the Finals," said Irebu of her best performance of the tournament.

    Irebu led the third quarter turnaround for UST as it turned a tight 46-42 lead to a dominant 64-50 advantage to seize control of the game.

    The lead ballooned to 22 points, 88-66, after a Shen Callangan layup with 1:26 remaining.

    "We had a slow start nung first half, playing dismal defense so I told the girls that we need to go back sa trasition defense because doon kami nalalamangan ng Ateneo," said coach Haydee Ong.

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    Lon Rivera also did damage for the Growling Tigers with 14 points, eight boards, three steals and two assists, while Tantoy Ferrer recorded a double-double with 13 points and 18 rebounds.

    UST braces for a matchup against defending champion National University on Sunday.

    Alyssa Villamor paced the Lady Eagles with 17 points, six rebounds and four assists in their first defeat in three games.

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    Hazelle Yam also had 15 points and five boards, while Kat Guytingco scored 12.

    The scores:

    UST 91 - Irebu 33, Rivera 14, Ferrer 13, Portillo 9, Callangan 6, soriano 5, Tacatac 4, Gandalla 3, Gonzales 2, Panti 2, Sangalang 0.

    Ateneo 73 - Villamor 17, Yam 15, Guytingco 12, Moslares 7, Payac 7, Aquisap 3, Cancio 3, Chu 3, Joson 3, Newsome 3, De Dios 0.

    Quarterscores: 25-22; 41-39; 67-47; 91-73.

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