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    Rhena Itesi posts huge double-double as NU downs Adamson for 90th straight win

    Oct 12, 2019
    PHOTO: UAAP

    NATIONAL University notched win No. 90, beating Adamson University, 75-56, on Saturday in the UAAP Season 82 women's basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.

    Congolese center Rhena Itesi was the rock in the middle for NU with 22 points, 18 rebounds and a block as the Lady Bulldogs remained unscathed this season at 10-0.

    Kaye Pingol also chipped in 17 points, five steals, four boards, three assists and one block, as Angel Surada scored all of her 10 points in the fourth quarter pullaway, while also hauling down three rebounds.

    Coach Pat Aquino feels that his wards can still play better despite the 19-point win.

    "There are things that we have to do more for us to be consistent in everything that we do. That's the part that I'm sad of, that we can't do things that we ought to dominate or get an advantage of," he said.

    "Yes, may times na bumababa ang laro namin, and it's gonna be rough cause everybody wants to defeat us, pero minsan nawawala yung focus namin na we still have to work hard for it para hindi mawala yung record."

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    NU committed 25 turnovers and missed a number of boxouts as Adamson grabbed 23 offensive rebounds.

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    The Lady Bulldogs still proved too much for the Lady Falcons, with Surada's breakaway layup putting NU up by 24 points, 75-51 late in the contest.

    The loss ended Adamson's two-game win run to drop to a 6-4 record.

    Kat Araja powered the Lady Falcons with 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals, while Lhyn Bilbao had 13 points and nine boards.

    The scores:

    NU 75 - Itesi 22, Pingol 17, Surada 10, Animam 5, Cac 5, Hayes 5, Harada 3, Canuto 2, Clarin 2, Del Carmen 2, Fabruada 2, Bartolo 0, Cacho 0, Goto 0.

    Adamson 56 - Araja 16, Bilbao 13, Flor 6, Prado 6, Dampios 5, Catulong 4, Balane 3, Anticamara 2, Ea. Alaba 1, Mendoza 0, Ornopia 0.

    Quarterscores: 20-14; 40-27; 57-44; 75-56.

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