VALERIE Mamaril and Choy Bahuyan stepped up for Far Eastern University as it squeaked past La Salle, 67-66, Wednesday in the UAAP Season 82 women's basketball tournament at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.
With hulking center Clare Castro limited to just 20 minutes, it was the two who carried the Lady Tamaraws to their third straight win to rise to 3-1.
Mamaril unloaded 21 points, while Bahuyan took care of the paint with eight points and 13 rebounds for the girls of coach Bert Flores.
FEU, however, lost a 66-55 lead as Kent Pastrana led La Salle's rally to get to within one in the last six seconds.
The Lady Archers still had a shot to steal the game, but Bea Dalisay muffed her game-winner at the buzzer.
Castro still added 13 points, six rebounds, and three blocks for the Lady Tamaraws.
Chuchi Paraiso led La Salle (2-3) with 13 points in the defeat.
In the first game, Rose Ann Dampios completed Adamson's 88-86 comeback win over University of Santo Tomas.
The sophomore buried the game-winning triple in the final 16 seconds to wrap up her performance with 26 points on a 6-of-15 shooting from threes, as well as two rebounds, two steals, and a block.
Mar Prado chipped in 18 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals, Kat Araja registered 16 points, eight boards, six assists, and four steals, and Gerl Anticamara also had 15 points, four rebounds, and three dimes as the Lady Falcons rose to 3-1 with their third straight win.
Adamson rallied from a 16-point deficit and did a better job containing Grace Irebu, who had 34 points, 21 rebounds, and three blocks to lead the Golden Tigresses.
"Si Irebu ang heart and soul nila, so sabi ko, patayin natin ang heart and soul nila," said coach Ewon Arayi. "The other players will still do their best, pero naniniwala ako na pag sinandalan natin ang sistema, we'll win this game."
Tantoy Ferrer chippd in 16 points, six rebounds, three steals, and two assists, for the error-prone UST, which committed 32 turnovers in the loss to fall to 2-2.
ADAMSON 88 -- Dampios 26, Prado 18, Araja 16, Anticamara 15, Bilbao 8, Ornopia 5, Tandaan 0, Mendoza 0, Flor 0, Catulong 0.
UST 86 -- Irebu 34, Ferrer 16, Rivera 13, Portillo 8, Soriano 5, Callangan 4, Tacatac 3, Panti 3, Javier 0, Gonzales 0, Gandalla 0.
Quarters: 13-25, 39-46, 59-62, 88-86.
FEU 67 -- Mamaril 21, Antiola 14, Castro 13, Bahuyan 8, Delos Santos 5, Jumuad 3, Abat 2, Quiapo 1, Vidal 0, Payadon 0, Bastatas 0.
LA SALLE 66 -- Pastrana 18, Paraiso 13, Revillosa 11, Sario 8, Quingco 7, Camba 4, Dalisay 3, Okoli 2, Malarde 0, Torres 0, Espinas 0.
Quarters: 14-11, 31-25, 54-46, 67-66.