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100 National U’s Lady Bulldogs easily hits milestone, setting standard for show greatness


National U's Lady Bulldogs easily hits milestone, setting standard for show greatness

The Lady Bulldogs, already inscribed in the history books, gave greatness a round number with their 100th consecutive win. —UAAP MEDIA

The 100th place comes like a breeze for Lady Bulldogs.

Now, National University (NU) plans to become a storm and blow away the rest of the opposition in the UAAP women’s basketball competition.

“The main goal is to win this season,” said NU coach Aris Dimaunahan, whose dramatic and compelling statement set off a climate-proof way the squad lifted. His vocals have hit a milestone that seems untouchable at the moment.

NU beat the University of the Philippines, 79-44, for its 100th straight win in UAAP, a streak that began nine years ago and continued until Wednesday at the University of Santo Tomas Quadricentennial Pavilion.

Lady Bulldogs burst out of the gate, leading 31-6, and was never threatened the rest of the way.

And so Dimaunahan set himself a new challenge for the team.

“[We want] to improve every day so we can reach our final destination,” he said.

That’s a fair warning for the rest of the field. And even scarier, the Lady Bulldogs have no plans to overwhelm the weight of their target.

“Pressure? There is always pressure,” said the young mentor. “We knew it was only going to get harder as we got closer to the end. [of the tournament]. It won’t be easy, but then again if we stay together… we can achieve our goals better. “

Pressure and heartbreak

Besides, NU’s winning streak was built on pressure and suffering. The last time the Lady Bulldogs lost, they left the field bowing after a game 3 final defeat to La Salle on October 5, 2013.

The following season, the Lady Bulldogs opened with a win on July 12, 2014 and haven’t lost since — with the weight of expectations growing heavier as the streak got longer.

To put the above achievement in context, the next longest basketball winning streak belongs to the University of Manila, which won 86 consecutive games in the National Sports Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities.

Ateneo’s mighty men’s team had a time of 39 consecutive victories under coach Tab Baldwin while at the National Collegiate Athletics Association, San Beda had won 26 consecutive victories.

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In the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), Crispa Redmanizers own the record with 21 consecutive wins.

“Something like this is super epic, because you think about the timing of the start of the series and how different basketball is after that,” said veteran Camille Clarin. “[But] some of us feel like a different entity in itself because some of us are just 16-0, 20-0. I feel it’s not [just] for us, but everyone for us – all the coaches, all the players we’ve seen, we’ve played with – this is for them. “

Dimaunahan understands that mentality has dented after just four consecutive wins. He replaced Pat Aquino, who gave up the reins for the team to focus on Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ women’s program.

“Coach Pat Aquino, legendary coach Pat Aquino… this win is for him. He’s the guy who started this basketball team’s winning culture,” the young coach said. “[And] players who came before us: Afril Bernardino, Jack Animam and Risa Paig. Trixie Antiquiera, Andrea Tongco, Monique del Carmen, Kaye Pingol, Gemma Miranda, Tin Abriam, Janet Sison, the list goes on. Rhena Itesi. “

“Those guys started all of this and we’re honoring them by playing hard every day, practicing well every day,” Dimaunahan said. “We hope to continue what they’ve started.”

The current Lady Bulldogs have Mikka Cacho, who led NU on Wednesday with 15 points, Clarin, Annick Ticky, Marylene Solis, Princess Fabruada to add to the series.

“Victory and dedication,” Clarin said. “All of us are willing and resilient.”

“We are trained to eat pressure,” says Cacho. “Every game, every day.” INQ

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