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Pastrana misses title clincher as NU forces Game 3 vs UST

1 min readWith under seven seconds left, Pastrana caught the ball on the left wing before settling for an off-balanced three that rimmed out as the buzzer sounded.
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Published 3 months ago on December 03, 2023

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A shot that could have set a new UST basketball lore.

Kent Pastrana missed a potential championship-clinching three as the UST Growling Tigresses yielded down the stretch against the NU Lady Bulldogs, 70-72, in Game Two of the UAAP Season 86 women's basketball finals on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

With under seven seconds left, Pastrana caught the ball on the left wing before settling for an off-balanced three that rimmed out as the buzzer sounded.

NU’s win tied the best-of-three series to one game apiece. The do-or-die Game Three will be on Wednesday at the same venue.

Pastrana, Tantoy Ferrer, and Rocel Dionisio each had 15 points for the Growling Tigresses, whose women's basketball program has not won a UAAP title since Season 69 in 2006.

UST led most of the way, but the Lady Bulldogs zoomed to a 13-2 run in the third quarter to snag the lead and seize control for the rest of the game.

After four straight points from Ferrer, Pastrana took over in the final 70 seconds, connecting two free throws off an isolation, albeit squandering a breakaway layup after NU's Gypsy Canuto stripped her the possession.

Lady Bulldogs' star Camille Clarin then blanked her charities on the other end, setting up Pastrana's potential heroics in the final 10 seconds.

"Kent (Pastrana) was so brave. She made two decisions that did not go in," said head coach Haydee Ong after the game."You don't have to blame Kent for that. That's her decision. It's make-or-break."

Camille Clarin led the Lady Bulldogs with 18 points and eight assists, while Karl Pingol and Princess Fabruada had 14 and 13 markers, respectively, to live to fight another day.

The Lady Bulldogs capitalized on the Tigresses' 24 turnovers throughout the matchup, outscoring UST, 19-9, on points off turnovers to snag the upper hand on the Tigresses in both ends.

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Rob Andrew L. Dongiapon is a Sports Editor at TomasinoWeb. He is an avid fan of sports and competition. He also finds great entertainment in combat sports, He continues to strive to make this love of sports pay his future bills. Aside from studying journalism, he writes for Thunderous Intentions where he displays his unhealthy love of the Oklahoma City Thunder. When he is not writing, he probably is watching YouTube videos of how to take over the world.

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