The University of Sto. Tomas Growling Tigers fell short of their quest for the title in men's basketball but their women counterpart, the Tigresses, made up for it by nipping Adamson University Lady Falcons, 79-78 in overtime, to capture the championship in the women's basketball of the 18 th FilOil-University Games at the St. La Salle Coliseum yesterday in Bacolod City.
Surging to a seven-point lead in the first quarter at 20-13, the Tigresses momentarily lost the momentum as the Lady Falcons clawed their way back into the game and grabbed the lead, 32-33, at halftime.
Trading shots in the second half, Adamson held on to a one-point lead at the end of the third quarter, 50-49, but the Tigresses managed to tie the score at 66-all at the end of regulation to forge an overtime and eventually, sealed the win with a one-point margin at the final buzzer.
Earlier, the UST men's team bowed to National University, 68-63, in the semifinals after surviving a 68-65 quarterfinals clash against the Ateneo Blue Eagles Team A.
The Growling Tigers will play for third place against University of Visayas after the latter bowed to Ateneo Team B, 49-75, in the other semis game yesterday.
NU and Ateneo Team B will dispute the men's basketball crown at 3:30 p.m. following the 2 p.m. match between UST and UV.
In volleyball, it will be UST against Far Eastern University in women's volleyball finals at 2:30 p0.m., while De La Salle University and University of Perpetual Help System – Delta will battle for the men's title at 1 p.m.
The Lady Spikers arranged a titular showdown against FEU by taming Adamson in four sets, 25-20, 21-25, 25-22 and 25-20. The DLSU men's volleyball team came from behind to win a five-setter against host USLS, 21-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-18, and 19-17, to advance into the finals against Perpetual, who upset NU in four sets in the other semifinals match.
Meanwhile, the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos women's table tennis squad captured the gold to secure a championship for the local teams.
Also eyeing the gold today is the USLS – Ceres football team who booked a seat into the finals by beating DLSU, 1-0.
ATHLETICS FINAL RESULTS
In athletics, Far Eastern University successfully defended their title in men and women's athletics with De La Salle – College of St. Benilde settling for silver and Jose Rizal University the bronze in men's division.
FEU grabbed a total of six gold, three silver, and 2 bronze medals in men's competition while DLS-CSB had a 4-1-0 gold-silver-bronze production and JRU with 3-4-7 tally.
Henry Diones of JRU was named most bemedalled male athlete in the meet with three gold medals from triple jump, long jump, and high jump, and was a member of the JRU relay team that finished with a silver in classical relay and 4x400m relay and bronze in 4x200m and 4x100m relay.
In women's athletics, FEU reigned with 10-10-2 gold-silver-bronze tally, while first runner-up UST had 4-8-7 and second runner-up USLS with 2-0-5.
Josie Malacad of FEU was the most bemedalled female athlete with five gold medals from 200m run, 400m hurdle, and was part of the relay team that won the gold in 4x200m relay, classical relay, 4x100m relay, and 4x400m relay, while finishing with a silver in 4x400m relay.*NAB
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