Adamson dodges upset ax from winless UST

Adamson dodges upset ax from winless UST
JUST BARELY. Jerrick Ahanmisi saved Adamson from disaster against winless UST.

Adamson University was this close to becoming the very first victim of University of Sto. Tomas in the UAAP 80 Men's Basketball Tournament.

Jerrick Ahanmisi wasn't going to let that happen, however, and scored three points in the 7-2 run in the last two minutes that allowed the Soaring Falcons to escape the tamed Tigers, 75-70, on Wednesday at the MOA Arena.

The playoff hopefuls from San Marcelino were under siege all game long by Espana's winless team. “We’re lucky we survived this game. We flirted with disaster because probably, (our boys’) mentality is they’re playing a winless team and it’s gonna be easy sailing for us,” head coach Franz Pumaren said.

What was expected to be a mismatch turned into a close contest that saw 16 lead changes and seven deadlocks.

That was still the case in the endgame as Jeepy Faundo tied the tally for UST at 66-all with 1:56 remaining before the sophomore sharpshooter and Papi Sarr connived for the 7-2 run that granted a 73-68 advantage to Adamson.

Carlo Escalambre dropped a long-range bomb to keep the Tigers coming at 71-73 with 14 ticks to go only to see Ahanmisi make good on a couple more charities to keep them at bay once and for all.

In the end, the Filipino-American scored a game-high 21 points and was backstopped by their Cameroonian powerhouse who had a 12-point, 14-rebound double-double.

It was a much-wanted win for the Soaring Falcons who are coming off a sorry loss to defending champion De La Salle University. “This particular game is just part and parcel of our learning process of being a young team,” Pumaren said.

On the other hand, it was another sorry loss for UST which has now lost 14 in a row dating back to a year ago.

Reggie Boy Basibas topped the scoring column for them with 17 points which were still far from enough from preventing their fall to a still bottom-feeding 0-11.

BOX SCORES

ADAMSON 75 – Ahanmisi 21, Sarr 12, Pingoy 7, Ochea 7, Espeleta 6, Manganti 5, Lojera 5, Camacho 4, Manalang 3, Mustre 3, Hill 2, Bernardo 0, Zaldivar 0, Chua 0

UST 70 – Basibas 17, Faundo 12, Akomo 10, De Guzman 9, Escalambre 8, Sta. Ana 7, Caunan 4, Lee 3, Macasaet 0, Garcia 0, Romero 0

QUARTER SCORES: 22-19, 37-33, 48-49, 75-70

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