Falcons soar past Blazers to remain unbeaten
Alvin Laqui on May 14, 2017 02:01 PM
The Adamson Soaring Falcons used a huge third quarter to outrun the College of St. Benilde.
The Adamson Soaring Falcons improve to a pristine 4-0 record after defeating the College of St. Benilde Blazers, 70-59 at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Powered by the one-two punch of Jerrick Ahanmisi and Tyrus Hill, who scored 16 and 15 points respectively, the Falcons used a huge third quarter to fly to the top of the FilOil Preseason Tournament standings.
Although the Falcons never trailed, they were ahead by just three points at the half, 31-28, before a huge third quarter where they outscored the Blazers, 25-8 to take a commanding 56-36 lead heading into the final frame.
“We became more aggressive on defense, we started putting pressure on them,” Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren said of his squad’s strong quarter.
After forcing 23 turnovers, Pumaren added that they took advantage of the up-and-coming Blazers squad’s inexperience, “It’s good that we’re just playing a young team.”
The Falcons led by as much as 22 points after big man Papi Sarr’s layup off a dish by Nicholas Paranada to give Adamson the 58-36 advantage with seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
Center Clement Leutcheu led the way for the Blazers with 14 points and 16 boards, while Yankie Haruna added 12 points and six rebounds.
With majority of the Adamson starters on the bench, the Blazers fought back to end the game on a 14-0 run behind back-to-back layups by Edward Dixon, but it was too little, too late, as Benilde suffer their second straight defeat for a 1-2 win-loss slate.
ADAMSON - Ahanmisi 16, Hill 15, Manganti 8, Manalang 8, Pingoy 6, Sarr 5, Ochea 3, Camacho 2, Paranada 2, Bernardo 0, Zaldivar 0, Vizcarra 0, Espeleta 0, Chua 0.
BENILDE - Leutcheu 14, Haruna 12, Dixon 8, Mercado 8, Naboa 4, Castor 3, St.a Maria 3, Suarez 3, San Juan 2, Domingo 2, Young 0, Pili 0, Bunyi 0.
QUARTER SCORES; 18-15, 31-28, 56-36, 70-59.