Falcons peck Warriors to get back off the ground

Falcons peck Warriors to get back off the ground
SPREAD YOUR WINGS AND FLY. Jerrick Ahanmisi and Adamson have now won five of their last six games.

Adamson University needed three quarters and a half to put down University of the East on Wednesday at the MOA Arena.

But once they did, they weren’t looking back all the way back onto the win column in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Banking on tireless effort from everybody from Jerrick Ahanmisi to Sean Manganti, the Soaring Falcons held off feisty the Red Warriors for a 66-57 decision.

Facing off with a UE side on its first winning streak in the season, Franz Pumaren and his boys knew they were in for a fight. “It was not an easy game for us. We struggled. UE was on a streak and they really played well,” the head coach said.

Indeed, “Manong” Derrick’s wards were all ready and raring, keeping close for majority of the matchup and still well in it, 54-59, inside the last four minutes.

It was at that point, however, that Manganti drilled a corner triple and drained a reverse layup to bookend the 7-1 run that closed the contest for Adamson.

Sandwiched between those Manganti makes was a Ahanmisi midrange jumper that made up two of his 14 points. “We’re winning because we’re playing as a team. It’s a collective effort not only on defense, but also on offense,” Pumaren said.

Papi Sarr posted a 12-point, 15-rebound double-double while Manganti also added 10 markers, seven boards, and two assists to make sure the Soaring Falcons rose back to a 6-3 record, strengthening their stranglehold on the third spot.

This was a much-wanted win as the Soaring Falcons head into a rematch with defending champion De La Salle University.

Alvin Pasaol paced the Red Warriors with 22 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, and two steals which still were not enough to prevent their drop back down into the loss column.

After back-to-back wins, they now stand at 2-7.

BOX SCORES

ADAMSON 66 – Ahanmisi 14, Sarr 12, Manganti 10, Camacho 6, Bernardo 6, Pingoy 5, Manalang 5, Lojera 2, Ochea 2, Hill 2, Mustre 2, Paranada 0, Espeleta 0

UE 57 – Pasaol 22, Olayon 16, Bartolome 4, Maloles 3, Manalang 2, Acuno 2, Abanto 2, Cullar 2, Conner 2, Armenion 2, Varilla 0, Derige 0

QUARTER SCORES: 19-16, 35-30, 55-48, 66-57

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