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NU-Ever Bilena clinches Rexona Invt’l crown

National University-Ever Bilena validated its status as the country’s premier women’s ball club by ruling the first Rexona Women’s Invitational Tournament held over the weekend at the Buddhacare gym in Quezon City.

Behind the hot-shooting of Afril Bernardino and Gemma Miranda, the Lady Bulldogs used another torrid start to beat the University of the East-Cherrylume Lady Warriors, 86-82, and complete a two-game sweep of their title series presented by Rexona.

Bernardino, who led the team’s 78-50 win in Game 1, sizzled for 23 points for NU which claimed its overall title since its breakthrough UAAP championship four years ago.

The title win bodes well for NU’s four-peat bid in the coming UAAP season.

But more importantly, NU avenged the two defeats they suffered at the hands of UE in the elims and during the single round semis.

“Nakabawi rin kami sa UE, but it was a good title series although we caught them off-guard in Game 1 of our series,” said NU coach Pat Aquino. “Despite our win, we can’t afford to relax in the UAAP. UE, I’m sure, will prepare well.”

Tournament director Horacio Lim handed the championship trophy the Lady Bulldogs, who are remained undefeated in the UAAP tournament for the last three years.

Meanwhile, Air Force, getting 27 points from veteran Cindy Resultay, clinched third by downing Centro Escolar University, 82-72, in their one-game face-off.