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    FINA Niantcho Tchuido scored the game-winning undergoal stab as La Salle pulled off a thrilling 56-55 win over Ateneo on Sunday in the UAAP Season 85 women's basketball tournament at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

    The Cameroonian center got a perfect pass from Charmine Torres down low and put the Lady Archers ahead by one in the last 11.9 seconds, completing a comeback from a 55-51 deficit in the final minute.

    Jhazmin Joson still had a shot to win the game, but her attempt went in and out as La Salle escaped with the come-from-behind win.

    The win extended La Salle's win streak to four and improved its record to 8-2, good enough for at least a playoff for a Final Four spot.

    Ateneo, on the other hand, suffered back-to-back defeats to fall to an even 5-5 record.

    Lee Sario carried the Lady Archers with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and three steals, including the big three with 32.7 seconds left that pulled her side within one, 55-54, and opened the window for the comeback.

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    Torres added 11 points, seven boards, and two assists, Joehanna Arciga just missed out on a double-double with her 11 points and nine rebounds, and Niantcho Tchuido ended up with six points, eight boards, one steal, and one block.

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    Kaycee dela Rosa paced the Blue Eagles with 13 points, 18 rebounds, and five blocks in the loss.

    The scores:

    LA SALLE 56 - Sario 16, Torres 11, Arciga 11, De La Paz 8, Niantcho 6, Jimenez 2, Binaohan 1, Camba 1, Ahmed 0, Espinas 0.

    ATENEO 55 - Dela Rosa 13, Makanjoula 12, Joson 11, Nieves 8, Cruza 3, Calago 3, Miranda 3, Villacruz 2, Eufemiano 0.

    Quarters: 18-17, 36-31, 46-42, 56-55.

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