First-place Falcons fly higher than Cardinals
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 12, 2017 03:30 PM
SOAR. Adamson aced the test in the endgame for the third time in a row.
Yet again, Adamson University had to work hard for a win in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament.
Fortunately for the Soaring Falcons, yet again, they had another player more than willing to step up and work hard for a win.
Little-known Simon Camacho came up big in the endgame and Adamson held on for a, 74-68, win at the expense of Mapua Institute of Technology on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Camacho scored 15 points to go along with nine rebounds to help his team claim a share of first-place now with a 3-0 record.
Still, head coach Franz Pumaren was far from satisfied with how his wards lost a lead of as much as nine. “We’re lucky to win this game. We made a lot of mental mistakes,” he said.
While the Falcons were ahead for majority of the matchup, they also allowed their opponents to hang around. “It’s frustrating on the part of the coaches because we were just going through the motions,” Pumaren expressed.
The Cardinals were even able to threaten at 66-67 inside the last six minutes.
It was at that point, however, that the Adamson defense stiffened up, only allowing one more make by their opponents for the remainder of the game.
Camacho then took care of the other end with his and-one with less than three minutes remaining fronting their 7-2 finishing kick.
Jerrick Ahanmisi wound up with 13 points while Tyrus Hill and Robbie Manalang scored 11 markers apiece for the Falcons
For Mapua, it was Andoy Estrella who topped the scoring column with 16 points. They remain winless through two tries.
ADAMSON 74 – Camacho 15, Ahanmisi 13, Manalang 11, Hill 11, Sarr 9, Pingoy 7, Manganti 2, Ochea 2, Bernardo 2, Paranada 2, Zaldivar 0
MAPUA 68 – Estrella 16, Biteng 14, Bunag 9, Pelayo 7, Magboo 7, Raflores 4, Gamboa 4, Jimenez 3, Victoria 2, Gabo 2, Nieles 0, Serrano 0, Aguirre 0
QUARTER SCORES: 15-9, 34-31, 58-52, 74-68
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