SANTO DOMINGO.– The Hidalgas de Santiago needed extra time this Thursday afternoon to beat the current champions of the National Women’s Basketball League (LNBF), the Walls of San Lázaro.
The meeting held at the Sports Center of the San Lázaro Club, the Hidalgas had domains almost all the way until reaching the final part of the last regulation period, where they caused an extra time.
Nathalie Felipe led the winners’ offense with 26 points, four rebounds and three assists, escorted by the imported Toni Cox who debuted with 17 points and eight rebounds, Yadira Polanco once again made another double-double for the third game in a row this time with 15 rebounds and 14 points, added four assists, Jennifer Peña added 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, Laurybel Geraldino contributed nine points and two rebounds and captain María Isabel Coronado finished with eight points, four assists and two rebounds.
For the lost cause, Cheisy Hernández and Sugery Monzac stood out with 26 points each, Monzac completed a double-double with 11 rebounds and conceded four assists, while Hernández conceded six assists and captured five rebounds and the imported Laura Garrido concluded with 10 units, four rebounds and three assists.
The Hidalgas made a 5-0 run, subtracting 2:20 minutes from the last regulation quarter to extend their lead 79-72, but those from San Lázaro polled 7 points in a row to equalize the score at 79 and force an extra time which was dominating 14-12, in favor of those from Santiago, who claimed their second win in a row and placed their record at 2-1.
Las Murallas began the first quarter with a 10-1 rally, but then Hidalgas managed to adjust their strategies and staged a 14-0 rally, to go ahead on the scoreboard 15-10, in a first quarter that ended 20-15, at favor of Santiago, while the second period ended 21-18, also in favor of Hidalgas, who went to halftime break with the score in their favor 41-36.
Those run by José Luis Aracena staged a 12-3 rally, in the final part of the third quarter to dominate the same 19-18, to start the last regulation time with an advantage of six points (60-54), that last quarter concluded 25 -19, in favor of the Walls, with which they caused an extra time.
The Santiagueses will return to the court this Saturday, when starting at 4:00 in the afternoon they will be receiving the Bani Indians at the Don Mariano Morel Ochoa Sports Center of the Pueblo Nuevo Club.