Ultimately, it just was not meant to be.
In need of a victory to make it to the Final Four in the UAAP Season 82 Women’s Basketball Tournament, the De La Salle University Lady Archers suffered a heartbreaking 86-87 loss at the hands of the Adamson Lady Falcons, Wednesday morning at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion in Manila.
The result leaves the Lady Archers at 5th place at the end of the elimination round with a win-loss record of 7-7.
Down by as much as 10 points by the end of the first half, La Salle fought back to level the contest at 84-84 within the last two minutes of the contest. However, Adamson snatched a slender 86-87 edge and La Salle had the last possession with 14 seconds left to win the ballgame, only for Lady Archers to fail to convert a game-winning basket.
Kent Pastrana led the team 30 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and four steals while Maureen Okoli followed suit with 16 markers and 14 boards. Lee Sario also sunk in 16 points. In her last game for the Green and White, skipper Bennette Revillosa contributed nine points, three rebounds and four assists. It was also Vea Malarde’s last outing for La Salle.
La Salle 86 – Pastrana 30, Okoli 16, Sario 16, Revillosa 9, Dalisay 7, Torres 6, Jimenez 2, Binaohan 0, Malarde 0, Paraiso 0, Quingco 0.
Adamson 87 – Prado 26, Bilbao 19, Dampios 13, Araja 11, Catulong 6, Flor 6, Omopia 4, Balane 2, Anticamara 0, Mendoza 0.
Quarter scores: 14-21, 35-45, 63-65, 86-87.