CHOY Bahuyan came up big for Far Eastern University in the clutch to take the 79-73 victory over Adamson Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum and advance to the UAAP Season 82 women's basketball stepladder semis.
The graduating guard scored all 11 of her points in the fourth quarter, to go with 13 rebounds, four assists and two steals.
"Ginusto namin eh. May sense of urgency kami kanina dahil ayaw naming matalo," said Bahuyan.
With the Lady Tamaraws holding on to a 75-73 lead in the final 20 seconds, Bahuyan drilled the game-sealing baseline jumper with 14.0 seconds left to extend the lead to four, 77-73, before snagging the crucial steal from an inbounds pass from Gerl Anticamara on the other end.
"Sinabi ko sa kanila na hindi all the time, para kayong robot. Kailangan gumawa rin siya ng paraan," said coach Bert Flores as FEU pulled off the win despite losing a 14-point second quarter lead.
"Yung last shot namin, wala na, um-adlib na siya, para siyang si Dolphy. Good job siya doon."
Val Mamaril paced the Lady Tamaraws with 22 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals, while Clare Castro had 18 points, 17 boards and four blocks.
Fatima Quiapo had 15 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and two steals as FEU set a date with second-seed University of Santo Tomas, armed with the twice-to-beat advantage in the stepladder semis which starts on Wednesday.
It was a valiant effort on the part of Mar Prado, who led No. 3 Adamson with her game-high 34 points and 10 rebounds.
"Na-stop namin transition nila pero ang hirap bantayan ni Mar. Buti na lang walang confidence yung iba," said Flores.
Anticamara posted a season-high 15 points, six rebounds and two steals, while Kat Araja got nine points, seven boards, six dimes and two steals.
FEU 79 - Mamaril 22, Castro 18, Quiapo 15, Bahuyan 11, Jumuad 5, Adriano 3, Antiola 3, Delos Santos 2, Abat 0, Payadon 0, Vidal 0.
Adamson 73 - Prado 34, Anticamara 15, Araja 9, Bilbao 5, Ornopia 4, Dampios 3, Flor 2, Mendoza 1, Catulong 0.
Quarterscores: 21-12; 40-29; 57-51; 79-73.